University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Diversity, Equity, and Access

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.

DiversOT
chan.usc.edu/people/student-organizations/diversot
The purpose of DiversOT is to increase cultural awareness of occupational therapy students, faculty and staff by sharing culture, traditions and experiences of diverse groups within the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

OTs for OuTreach
chan.usc.edu/people/student-organizations/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 Scholarship Resources

The Chan Division funds a Vision Scholarship, for incoming students to the Entry-Level Master’s program, which provides financial aid to Latinx and/or African American students who exemplify the ideals and characteristics of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Vision 2025. For more information, and to apply, go to the page for Chan Division Scholarships and select the Entry Level Master’s Program (Incoming Students).

The Richard J. McCauley Graduate Fellowship is given to a continuing Entry-Level Master’s student deemed to have potential for leadership roles, and the donor wishes to support diversity among professional practitioners. For more information, and to apply, go to the page for Chan Division Scholarships and select the Entry Level Master’s Program (Continuing Students).

We also maintain a list of scholarships made available by USC and other bodies. Use the Diversity filter to display those scholarships which have a diversity requirement.

Additional Resources at USC

See more about Diversity at USC and the university diversity resources available, including the following USC Cultural Centers:

Asian Pacific American Students Services
apass.usc.edu

Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs
cbcsa.usc.edu

El Centro Chicano
lacasa.usc.edu

LGBT Resource Center
lgbtrc.usc.edu

Office of International Services
ois.usc.edu

Office of Religious Life
orl.usc.edu

and other university resources:

Center for Work and Family Life
employees.usc.edu/work-family-life

Disability Services and Programs
dsp.usc.edu

Office of Equity and Diversity
equity.usc.edu

Sexual Assault & Survivor Support
studenthealth.usc.edu/sexual-assault

Trojans Care For Trojans (TC4T)
uscsa.usc.edu/trojans-care-4-trojans

USC Office of the Ombuds
provost.usc.edu/office-of-the-ombuds

USC Student Affairs
studentaffairs.usc.edu

USC Title IX
titleix.usc.edu