ANNUAL COTAD AWARDS

COTAD honors faculty, mentors, and students each year to acknowledge their contribution to our efforts and dedication to diversity initiatives.

Nominate a COTAD Chapter, faculty member, or Minority Mentorship Program mentor for an award to celebrate their success and demonstrate the value of diversity in our profession.

Winners will be announced at the 6th Annual COTAD Breakfast at the AOTA Conference in Boston - All nominators and nominees are encouraged to attend.

 

All award winners will be featured in the COTAD Courier, COTAD social media pages, and on our website.

 

Submissions are now closed. Check back early 2021. 

 

FACULTY AWARD

This award recognizes a faculty member of an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant program who embodies and promotes the vision and mission of COTAD.
 

To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link:

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Applications must include:

  • Applicant's name, credentials, & email

  • Nominee name, credentials, & email

  • Nominee occupational therapy program affiliation

  • Brief statement outlining how the nominee embodies and promotes the vision of COTAD through their professional behaviors, work activities, and/or instruction (300 words or fewer)
     

EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP AWARD

This award recognizes a past or current mentor in the COTAD Minority Mentorship Program who has had a lasting impact on their mentee. NOTE: All current and past COTAD MMP mentors are eligible to receive this award.

 

To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link

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Applications must include:

  • Applicant's name, credentials, & email

  • Nominee name, credentials, & email

  • Brief statement describing how the nominee has gone "above and beyond," provided inspiration or support, or helped mentee achieve personal or professional goals (300 words or fewer)
     

COTAD CHAPTER AWARD

This award recognizes an official COTAD Chapter that has been active and effective in furthering education and awareness of occupational therapy and diversity issues in their campus or community.

To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link: 

Check Back Early 2021

Applications must include:

  • Applicant's name, credentials, & email

  • Chapter name, credentials, & email

  • Faculty mentor's name & email

  • Nominee occupational therapy program affiliation

  • Brief statement describing how the Chapter's programming and members have increased awareness of diversity issues and occupational therapy and had a meaningful impact on individuals, communities, or populations (300 words or fewer)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANNUAL COTAD BREAKFAST 

This individual is selected and invited by the COTAD Board because of their outstanding efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion with their students and/or the profession of Occupational Therapy. 

TRAVEL AWARDS & CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP
 

COTAD provides travel awards and sponsorship for student members to attend AOTA Conferences or other events to enhance their professional development, provide service to the organization, and further our organization's mission.

EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP AWARD

2020, Sandra Duarte OTR/L

Her mentee, Jasmin Torres, OTS, accompanied Duarte to Ambato, Ecuador in 2019 to work with children with developmental disabilities. Jasmin shared her reflections on the journey which included gaining clinical experience at a school for children with developmental and physical disabilities, running an inservice with other health care professionals, completing home visits, observing pediatric OTs in a hospital, and scrubbing in to observe live surgeries. After this experience, Jasmin stated, “This was by far the most profound learning experience I have had in my career as an OT student; it was astounding to realize how much of an impact healthcare and rehabilitation have in different parts of the world.”

 

In addition to serving as a mentor in COTAD’s Minority Mentorship Program, Duarte works in the United States and internationally with at-risk and marginalized individuals and families to help provide access to the services and equipment they need. She also frequently involves students, physicians, and other allied health providers in her work and makes an effort to impress upon them the need for culturally relevant, sensitive, and high-quality care. Sandra Duarté, went above and beyond by including her mentee in this truly transformative experience and she is a model for OT mentors everywhere. We are thankful for Sandra’s investment in the OT professionals of the future and her dedication to ensuring people all over the world have access to occupational therapy services.

COTAD CHAPTER AWARD 

2020, Northern Arizona University

The NAU Chapter built a relationship with their schools leadership to increase awareness on the importance of having a student organizations such as COTAD at our campus and resources available to students. These relationship have led to funding for COTAD members to attend conference, discussions on changes to class curriculum, collaborating with our department on a holistic admissions project, funding for workshops hosted by our chapter and funding for students to travel to promote our profession.

 

We have created a safe space for underrepresented students and host monthly meetings to discuss our mental health, local and national resources and how to support one another.We have advocated for our profession and to increase diversity at events; career day to support refugee and immigrant families, Native Health Day for high school and community college students, high school visits to our campus, Native Journey to Academic Success program and the Black Leadership Summit.

 

We have hosted a Hispanic/Latinx Heritage celebratory lunch and just ended our three part Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Series which included workshops on “Unconscious Bias”, “MedSafeZone, LGBTQ+ health” and “Why Your Diversity Quotient Matters”.

2019, Washington University in St. Louis

WU-COTAD then kicked off the 2018-2019 academic year with an open forum event to allow the entire OT student body a safe space to provide input on chapter events and future directions that serve the specific wants, needs, and concerns of underrepresented students and individuals looking create an environment that promotes cultural humility.

 

WU-COTAD also hosted their inaugural WU-COTAD Diversity Week of events, during which they raised $580. WU-COTAD Diversity Week events included an art mural project that allowed for reflection on diversity and privilege; lunch talks on topics such as implicit bias, privilege, and best practice in supporting clients in the transgender community; student volunteers shared information about various OT practice areas and the path to a career in OT with middle and high school students from an after-school program serving the refugee population in St. Louis City. WU-COTAD Diversity Week culminated in an evening of creativity, connection, and cultural exchange where approximately 80 individuals participated in a dinner and musical performance, featuring student performers from the same after-school program for refugee students in St. Louis. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, COTAD BREAKFAST

2020       Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
                      Scientific Programs Officer
                      American Occupational Therapy Foundation
2019        Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BScHP
                      Dean and Professor, School of Health And Rehabilitation Sciences
                      MGH Institute of Health Professions
 
2018        Lenin Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR
                      Director Post-Professional OTD, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
                      Columbia University
 
2017        Felicia Banks, PhD, FAOTA
                       Chairperson, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
                         Howard University
2016        Yolanda Suarez Balcazar, PhD
                       Professor, Department Head, Occupational Therapy
                         University of Illinois, Chicago
 
2015         Patrick Bloom MS, OTR/L 
                        AOTA Board of Directors

COTAD TRAVEL AWARD

2019, Jabari Hoyte

"The travel support provided to me by COTAD for the 2019 AOTA Conference in New Orleans created an opportunity for me as a student and former Chapter leader to not only experience my first national conference, but to present on the importance of exploring diversity on campuses nationwide through the creation of COTAD Chapters. For me this was monumental, as my COTAD Chapter provided support and an outlet to me as a minority student who was experiencing cultural isolation on my own campus.

 

During the poster session presentation and my time spent at the COTAD booth, I met students who were of the same background and same experiences as me. Many who expressed the desire and the need to have more conversations surrounding diversity and OT, allowing me to describe how COTAD can help facilitate these conversations. I thank COTAD for their contribution, not only in travel funds but in my own personal and professional growth, and I hope that I in turn, can help them in their growth as a nationally recognized organization!"

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