Trophies

ANNUAL COTAD AWARDS

COTAD honors faculty and mentors and provides financial support to students and practitioners each year to acknowledge their contribution to our efforts and dedication to diversity, equity, and justice 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 second annual COTAD Live! virtual event - 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.

Applications open early 2021. 

*NEW IN 2021*

COTAD has launched the New Practitioner Impact & Action Award to support entry-level practitioners develop and implement plans to impact justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in their workplace or community. Applications due March 15, 2021.

Honors & Awards

Outstanding 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.
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)
To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link: [Applications Open Early 2021]




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. 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)
To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link: [Applications open early 2021]




COTAD Chapter of the Year 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. 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)
To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form at the following link: [Applications open early 2021]




Annual Keynote Speaker


This individual is selected and invited by the COTAD Board to speak at our annual Breakfast and/or COTAD Live! virtual event because of their outstanding efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion with their students and/or the profession of Occupational Therapy. Previous keynote speakers include:
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




Student Travel & 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. Amount and timeline for award varies based on conference location and awardee responsibilities.




New Practitioner Impact & Action Award


This award will be granted to an entry-level occupational therapy practitioner (up to three years of experience) who is invested in developing professional leadership skills and taking action to further justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their community or workplace. The recipient will receive $750.00 total, with an initial payment of $500 by June 1, 2021 and the remaining $250 disbursed upon completion of required presentation. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2021 ____________________________________________________________________
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. COTAD member in good standing (student members are ineligible)
  2. Earned NBCOT certification or other recognized occupational therapy credentials within three (3) years prior to submission of application
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Scanned copy of NBCOT Certification and OT license number
  3. One (1) letter of recommendation from an individual within a professional context who can provide information about the applicant's character and commitment to action on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in occupational therapy
  4. Completed Google form (see link below)
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Complete online application form: https://forms.gle/toVmAPNMYaXDwn4r5
  2. Send ONE PDF FILE to cotad.ed@gmail.com that includes resume/CV, NBCOT verification, OT license number, and letter of recommendation
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The award recipient must agree to the following terms in order to receive full disbursement of award funds:
  1. Engage in mentoring with COTAD leader for 12 months
  2. Collect and evaluate data to monitor intervention efficacy and track outcomes
  3. Share the results of their work (via video or live presentation) during COTAD Breakfast or COTAD Live! online event in 2022





PREVIOUS AWARDEES

2020 EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP AWARD

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.

2020 COTAD CHAPTER AWARD

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."

COTAD BREAKFAST KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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​

Jabari Hoyte (2019)

"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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