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Advocacy group puts spotlight on UW-Madison student organization Diverse-OT

October 20, 2017
The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity recently put the spotlight on the UW-Madison student organization, Diverse-OT. 

The Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology

Diverse-OT Leadership
The Diverse-OT executive board (left-to-right): Toni
Solaru, Caitlin Rhoten, Sarah Maloney, Brittany Lowen and
Noreen Jeglum.
Diverse-OT has held events to promote its commitment to developing a diverse occupational therapy workforce. During one event, Diverse-OT partnered with the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County as part of the AVID/TOPS program. This local post-secondary education program educated 75 high school students of diverse backgrounds about occupational therapy.

Another educational event is titled "Military and Veteran Culture for Healthcare Professionals and Students." During the event, participants learned about various branches of the military, deployment experiences, female veteran perspectives, and combat-associated injuries.

"The Diverse-OT group at UW-Madison is an excellent example of the power that OT/A students (or educators, and clinicians!) have to make a difference not only in the lives of OT practitioners, but in their communities as well," writes Lauren Jones,the COTAD article author. 

Read the full article here: "Student Highlight: Diverse-OT at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."

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