Gator COTAD is a local chapter under the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). Gator COTAD seeks to address issues surrounding diversity and inclusion within the field of occupational therapy at the local level. This means addressing the lack of diversity among therapy providers as well as encouraging those from under-served communities to seek occupational therapy and related healthcare services, and/or empowering them to enter the field of occupational therapy. We also seek to educate the current student body about occupational therapy and its benefits, as well as cultural humility and struggles faced by marginalized groups.
The Student Occupational Therapy Association’s mission is to serve the community in areas related to occupational therapy while developing members’ skills as future clinicians. SOTA attempts to encourage personal growth and knowledge of current trends in occupational therapy to those students interested in the field with guest speakers, and opportunities to get hands on experience serving alongside occupational therapists. SOTA builds community with social activities and service projects. SOTA also helps to further knowledge of the field of OT throughout the community and state by sponsoring student representations to attend state and national conventions.