Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
The following resources support our diverse campus community and the occupational therapy profession, with the goal of making both as inclusive as possible.
- Access Washington University Disability Resources is a place to register with disability resources to manage accommodation letters, etc. Shannon Eckhoff is the Program in Occupational Therapy's contact for accommodations.
- The Affinity Group Fund provides funding for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group activities.
- The Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) Report Form is to be filled out to report an incident of bias involving a student at Washington University,
- The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, creates collaborative partnership with campus and community partners, and promotes dialogue and social change among all students.
- The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates For Diversity (COTAD) works to empower occupational therapy leaders to engage in practices that increase diversity, equity and inclusion for a more transformative occupational therapy profession.
- Equi-OT: An affinity group for students that welcomes allies and advocates for change. There are currently two branches: LGBTQIA+ Student Representation and Student Disability and Accessibility. Contacts: Bee Burns firstname.lastname@example.org and Izzie Roth email@example.com.
- English Language Support for Academic and Professional Communication provide courses for WashuU community members whose first language is not English.
- The Graduate Student Diversity Working Group made recommendations to the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University related to action item 1: “The university will commit increased financial resources to ensure that we recruit, admit, and support a diverse population of graduate students.” The group’s report is here.
- International Student Support Resources can help make sure the transition to the U.S. is smooth.
- The National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus (NBOTC) works to identify, share and attempt to resolve issues that are germane to African-American occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students and to enhance participation in professional associations. Contacts: Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L, president, and/or Candice Freeman, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, vice president.
- The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine is focused on raising awareness of diversity in the campus; developing and sharing strategies and educational methods to enhance inclusivity in our organizational culture; supporting efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce; developing and improving the career development paths for underrepresented minorities working at the School of Medicine.
- Race, Equity and Social Justice in Neuroscience from the Office of Neuroscience Research at Washington University.
- Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention program (RSVP) utilizes trauma-informed practices, responses and prevention education to address relationship and sexual violence.
- Sexual violence and sexual misconduct policies and resources and reporting options.
- Student groups related to diversity and culture that contribute to a vibrant Washington University community.
- Student groups specifically connected to the Washington University School of Medicine including;