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Belonging and camouflaging while Black, female and autistic ⟩
July 10, 2024

Autism Community and Partners Research Students

New article explores how occupational science might reconcile authentic belonging and autistic camouflaging among intersectional populations.

By Mike McNulty First author and occupational science PhD candidate Marshae Franklin OTD ’21, PhD ’26 (Photo courtesy of Marshae Franklin) To what extent does a person truly “fit in,” when fitting in requires hiding parts of one’s authentic self? What disruptions arise at the juncture…

Holistic approach to educational program admissions increases future workforce diversity ⟩
December 7, 2023

Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students

Implementation and outcomes of USC Chan’s holistic admission practices explained in new American Journal of Occupational Therapy editorial.

By Mike McNulty USC Chan's holistic admissions model. (Copyright 2023, USC Chan) An editorial published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy details the USC Chan Division’s approach to holistic admissions, the gold-standard processes for reviewing and admitting professional program…

The First China Initiative Community Reunion ⟩
October 13, 2023

China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

The China Initiative team hosted the first virtual reunion with the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students and graduates, as well as previous China Initiative OTD residents, celebrating a growing community of professionals advancing OT in China.

Last week, the USC China Initiative celebrated a heartwarming reunion, bringing together students, educators, and professionals in a special virtual gathering. Hosted by the China Initiative team, the event demonstrated the strong and supportive community that has grown out of the unique partnership…

Celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month ⟩
October 12, 2023

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Students

To celebrate National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, observed every Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, USC Chan students and faculty members explain what the month personally means, about occupations that are influenced by or represent their heritage, and how their identity influences their everyday participation at USC Chan. ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Latinx/Hispana!

Tossho Alba Tossho Alba This month holds great significance to me, as it’s a time to celebrate and honor our rich culture, especially considering my diverse heritage. My mother is from El Salvador and my father is from Mexico, so it’s a moment to appreciate the unique blend of traditions and…

USC Chan Division Welcomes Third Cohort of Dual-Degree Students from PKUHSC ⟩
August 31, 2023

China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

USC Chan Division China Initiative welcomes the third cohort of dual-degree students from PKUHSC, setting a positive tone for the academic year and building a strong community for international students.

On August 31, 2023, the USC China Initiative marked a significant milestone as it welcomed the third and final cohort of students associated with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to complete their occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) year…

China Initiative Team Delivers Annual Presentation at the Chan Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) ⟩
July 20, 2023

China Initiative International Lectures and Talks Students

The China Initiative team gave a presentation to international visitors interested in OT in the United States, delving into its history, mission, and transformative role in advancing occupational therapy in China.

The Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) program, designed for international occupational therapists and occupational therapy students interested in learning about occupational therapy (OT) practice, education, and research in the United States, invited the China Initiative team to present…

Students from PKUHSC Attend the 2023 AOTA Inspire Conference ⟩
April 24, 2023

Associations and Bodies China Initiative Community and Partners Conferences International Students

USC-PKUHSC Cohort 2 dual-degree students attend the 2023 AOTA Inspire Conference in Kansas City, Missouri and share their transformative experiences.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Inspire Annual Conference and Expo aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and celebration of the occupational therapy profession. This conference is the largest of its kind in which occupational therapy (OT)…

Growing by design ⟩
April 21, 2023

Community and Partners Events Health and Wellness Pandemic Students

When designing the USC Peace Garden, student landscape architect Daniela Velazco prioritized people and planting.

By Mike McNulty USC Peace Garden designer Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23 (Photo by Hannah Benet) "A garden is a physical manifestation of people coming together, doing the work and enjoying themselves along the way," says Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23. Velazco spent the better part of last summer…

USC Chan Student Completes Externship at PKUHSC in Beijing, China ⟩
April 3, 2023

Academics and Courses China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

USC Chan Entry-Level Master’s student Tina Peng discusses her externship at Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) in Beijing, China, focused on building leadership skills and learning about local occupational therapy (OT) practice.

Every spring, second-year Entry-Level MA students participate in a student-driven externship assignment designed to build their leadership skills, provide opportunities to learn about non-clinical roles of occupational therapists, and help develop a sense of professional identity. As part of this…

Chan Bakes for Earthquake Relief ⟩
March 12, 2023

Community and Partners Events Global Initiatives International Students

From March 6-10, more than 50 USC Chan students, staff, and faculty worked together to host a bake sale fundraiser in support of earthquake relief efforts after the February 6 earthquake in Syria and Turkey.

Amber Butler MA ’23, Philanthropy Chair of USC’s Occupational Therapy and Science Council, initially proposed the idea for the bake sale, saying “I was feeling helpless watching the news and seeing all the devastation in Syria and Turkey. I was heartbroken watching families and rescue officers…

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