1. What does “diversity” mean to you? How does diversity
relate to your workplace?
2. What are some strategies that you have observed,
implemented, or could do to promote diversity in the
3. Discuss the concepts of cultural competence, cultural
humility, cultural fluidity, and trans-cultural care. Why are
these different? Do they matter? Why or why not?
What were some of the perspectives discussed by
your group? Were there any insights or epiphanies
you would like to share?
Are there any other supports or barriers to
promoting diversity in your workplace or university
that you have observed?
Invest in people—it can make all the difference
Tell people who you are and what you do. Advocate for what
you are doing, and look for teachable moments
Be an advocate in/for your community. Look for volunteer
opportunities to speak at local schools or career fairs
Create volunteer/observation opportunities for youth
Do not underestimate the one minute elevator speech. You
can change a life in a minute
Provide opportunities for structured and unstructured
mentorship on multiple organizational levels
Provide financial support for Conference and/or Conclave
Strategize inclusion of OT in career interest tools/events
Be strategic about recruitment and have high expectations
Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L; Medical University of South
Carolina (Charleston, SC); (843) 814-7917; [email protected]
Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L; California Children’s
Services (Los Angeles, CA); (213) 820-3260; [email protected]
D’Andre Holland, OTD, OTR/L; Every Child Achieves (Los
Angeles, CA); (317) 445-8573; [email protected]
Catherine Hoyt Drazen, OTD, OTR/L; Washington University in
St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); (301) 467-0177;
[email protected]
Nadine Kwebetchou, MS, OTR/L; VA Palo Alto (Palo Alto, CA);
(443) 562 -3774; [email protected]
Stacy Wilson, MS, OTR/L; WakeMed Health and Hospital
(Raleigh, NC); (336) 847-0093; [email protected]
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