Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The work to create diverse, inclusive, and equitable occupational therapy education programs began with the development of the OTD program in 2017.  During the 2020-21 academic year, the newly established MU Chapter of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) had the opportunity to draft a statement to reflect our work and values.  All students, faculty (core and adjunct), advisory board members, and staff were given the opportunity to review the statement and offer feedback.  Revisions based on feedback were made and the statement was reviewed by Methodist University’s Chief Diversity Officer for alignment with institutional goals.  Faculty completed a final review and update in January 2022. Our community feels strongly that our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion does not stop at a single outward facing statement but includes standard operating procedures that are established in line with institutional and departmental policy.

Methodist University’s Occupational Therapy Department seeks to embody all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion by fostering the university’s missional principles of truth, virtue, justice, and love in all program experiences. We work together to create respectful dialogue and meaningful relationships and by valuing all individuals.  The personal responsiveness and commitment of faculty, staff, and students to an inclusive educational community will drive the program’s vision to develop a diverse group of graduates to become ethical and critically thinking practitioners.

Read the full statement and standard operating procedures here.