Gator COTAD receives National Chapter of the Year Award for 2021

The Gator Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter of the University of Florida has received the National COTAD Chapter of the Year Award for 2021. This student organization consists of doctor of occupational therapy and pre-occupational therapy undergraduate students, and addresses issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in the field of occupational therapy (OT). The group was honored for their work over the past year, including development and implementation of a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mentorship Program between OT clinicians and OT students within the community. Additionally, through multiple events with guest speakers in collaboration with the national association this year, Gator COTAD has highlighted the struggles faced by marginalized groups including presentations on how OT can benefit the prison population, Latinx women in health care, and culturally inclusive activities of daily living such as different hair routines based on texture, head coverings, and skin conditions. The students also initiated a series on cooking dishes together from around the world and held a workshop on supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. This past summer, they were able to bring the experience of Black OTs to the forefront by presenting a panel discussion entitled “Addressing Racism and Prejudice through the Lens of Occupational Therapy”, which was attended by over 100 OT clinicians, faculty, and students across the state. Additionally, the group held workshops on learning medical terms in Spanish, Creole, and American Sign Language with the goal of creating more inclusive OTs as students enter the field.

Gator COTAD 2021 Chapter of the Year Award
Congratulations Gator COTAD!