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Students in the MOT program at UTHSC established the first COTAD Chapter in the state of Tennessee in 2019 as part of the program’s commitment to supporting efforts in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field of occupational therapy. The goal of the UTHSC COTAD Chapter is to increase cultural humility through creating opportunities for growth and sharing resources to foster open conversation and reflection in regards to different lived experiences and perspectives in a safe learning environment. The group participates in monthly activities to learn about different cultures, the impact of culture on occupation, social justice issues, and other related topics. Through affiliation with the national non-profit organization, the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), the UTHSC COTAD Chapter’s members are connected with leaders in COTAD and other OT students around the country with whom they collaborate to increase diversity within the occupational therapy workplace and help to more fully prepare clinicians to better serve diverse client populations.

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COTAD chapter members wearing logo T shirt

COTAD members in logo shirts

White Coats for Black Lives

group of cotad members

cotad members and projector screen with trivia game

Occupational therapy goes red for Red Day

COTAD member volunteering

May 26, 2022