Student Spotlight: WUSTL Wins COTAD Chapter Award at AOTA19!

Congratulations to the first-ever winners of the COTAD Chapter Excellence Award! Washington University at St. Louis (WUSTL) occupational therapy students earned this honor for their dedication to community service, education, and fundraising to support diversity-related causes in their community.

During the awards ceremony at the 2019 COTAD Breakfast in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Arameh Anvarizadeh, COTAD Vice-chair and founder of the COTAD Chapters program highlighted the multiple achievements of the organization, including hosting multiple events related to diversity and inclusion for school and community members, as well as working closely with COTAD leadership and other nationwide Chapters on diversity issues. Emily Sherman, OTD/S ’19 proudly accepted a certificate and commendation on behalf of the WUSTL COTAD Chapter and stated that she was grateful for the award and the contributions of her fellow student leaders to the chapter’s work.

Thanks to the efforts of students in COTAD Chapters at WUSTL and across the country, the next generation of OT practitioners and others are learning about the value and importance of occupational therapy for diverse people, populations, and communities. Through the COTAD Chapters program, occupational therapy students are learning how to advocate for their profession and leverage their skills and knowledge to benefit multicultural members of their communities both on- and off-campus.

If you are a student or educator who is interested in bringing a COTAD Chapter to your campus, email Dr. Anvarizadeh at to learn more and join our journey towards a future with a diverse workforce serving diverse people, populations, and communities!

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