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2020 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.

 

ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE BY MARCH 6, 2020 at 5 PM EST.

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.

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.

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.

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)




     

PREVIOUS WINNERS

COTAD CHAPTER AWARD 2019

Washington University at St. Louis

 

 

 

COTAD CHAPTER AWARD 2019​

Washington University at St. Louis

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the WU-COTAD chapter finalized their status as a formal COTAD student chapter and grew their membership from 3 to 15 members. WU-COTAD then kicked off the 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. Information from this event was used to shape their plans for events, activities, and chapter by-laws. WU-COTAD also hosted their inaugural WU-COTAD Diversity Week of events, during which they raised $580 for future events and activities. WU-COTAD Diversity Week events included the participation of over 50 OT students in an art mural project that allowed for reflection on diversity and privilege; approximately 165 OT students attended lunch talks on topics such as implicit bias, privilege, and best practice in supporting clients in the transgender community; and over 20 OT 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. 

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.

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!"