Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion DEI Task Force

Our purpose is to foster an academic community that practices the values, culture, perspectives, and competencies needed to realize the full participation and innovative capacity of all Department of Occupational Therapy students, staff, and faculty by enacting principles of accountability, justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity.

UF OT In Action

UF OT History/Cultural richness

UF OT CHAIR FROM 1976-1982

Dr. Lela LLorens

She received the A. Jean Ayres Award, the AOTF Meritorious Service Award, and the AOTA and AOTF Presidents’ Commendation in honor of Wilma L. West.

Lela Llorens former UF OT Chair



The UF chapter of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) seeks to address issues surrounding diversity and inclusion within the field of occupational therapy.

National COTAD

The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the world’s preeminent occupational therapy organization addressing issues of systemic racism and oppression, occupational injustice, healthcare equity, and educational decolonization.