Words from the Chair: Dr. Catherine Hoyt

Dear COTAD Members and Supporters,

We had another exciting conference this year in New Orleans, LA as we welcomed approximately 70 guests to the 5th Annual COTAD Breakfast. We were honored to have Dr. Michael Iwama as our Keynote speaker and students, faculty and practitioners from across the country join in the discussion. We had members leading Conversations that Matter, Short Courses, Workshops, and multiple poster presentations about diversity, inclusion and health equity in Occupational Therapy. The Minority Mentorship Program continues to grow and has been received positively by both students and mentors. I am enormously proud to say that many of these relationships have persisted long past their official mentorship experience.

Students are the future of our profession. The COTAD Chapters program is the evidence that students are invested in seeing a future for Occupational Therapy that is increasingly diverse and representative of the many populations that we serve. Through these Chapters, students are developing local programming in their communities to raise awareness about OT, creating opportunities to share and learn about different cultures and winning awards for their work. The COTAD Chapters are a critical part of the COTAD mission and we will continue to highlight various students and programs in upcoming issues of the COTAD Courier.

As we reflect on our progress thus far and consider directions for the future, we look forward to continuing to build resources to support the profession we all love. We are energized by our collaborative discussions with leaders and enthusiastic to build a strong, inclusive future for everyone in Occupational Therapy. Please check our website or email cotad2015@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

Catherine R. Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Chair, Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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