Diversity, Access, and Equity
The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is committed to preparing diverse leaders with a strong identity and understanding of occupation and its power to transform people and society. One of our primary strategies for obtaining this goal is expanding diversity in the occupational science and occupational therapy workforce. This involves accountability and transparency, as well as consistent engagement to ensure that we create and maintain an inclusive environment.
At USC Chan, we have adopted the definitions of diversity and inclusion referenced in the USC Office of Research Strategic Plan 2018:
Workforce diversity is defined as a collection of individual attributes that together help agencies pursue organizational objectives efficiently and effectively. These include, but are not limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, educational background, and family structures. The concept also encompasses differences among people concerning where they are from and where they have lived and their differences of thought and life experiences.
Inclusion is defined as a culture that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and leverages diversity throughout the organization so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Diversity-focused student organizations
While all student clubs and organizations offer the opportunity to engage with diverse populations, the primary aims of the organizations listed here are diversity-focused.
Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)
The goal of USC’s Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) chapter is to build diversity and inclusion within the Chan Division by increasing the profession’s visibility and accessibility to underrepresented groups and increasing cultural humility by sharing and learning about different lived experiences.
Asociación Hispanohablante de Terapia Ocupacional (AHTO)
Asociación Hispanohablante de Terapia Ocupacional (Spanish-speaking Occupational Therapy Association) is a flourishing student organization dedicated to improving the educational experience of Latinx and/or Hispanic-identifying occupational therapy students, serving as a resource for community members to support one another and advancing clinical care for Spanish-speaking/Latin American populations.
OTs for OuTreach
OTs for OuTreach aims to build and strengthen the sense of community for LGBTQ students and allies by providing opportunities for social engagement and professional development.
Diversity mentorship program
The USC Chan Diversity Mentorship Program supports current and prospective USC Chan students who are first-generation college students and/or who identify as belonging to underrepresented groups.
General DAE resources, including information about scholarships, and USC-wide resources.
Resources for racial justice
Resources specific to anti-racism and racial justice.