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. This student-led organization also aims to provide safe spaces where students can engage in meaningful discussions surrounding current affairs, implicit biases, culture’s impact on occupations, and the importance of representation in healthcare. Additionally, chapter leaders will have the opportunity to collaborate with other COTAD chapters around the nation.
Here, members can share ideas and resources on how to create more supportive and diverse occupational therapy education programs. As the USC chapter continues to grow, we hope to see today’s student leaders become tomorrow’s advocates by learning the skills necessary to provide equitable services to clients, whilst promoting diversity and inclusion.