Diversity & Equity Inclusion

National Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission (NEDIC) Summit & other DEI support

In June 2022, representatives from 7 health professions convened at the ACAPT National Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (NEDIC) Summit to identify actions to:

  • Increase enrollment, retention and graduation of more diverse students.

  • Increase the number of individuals from historically-marginalized racial and ethnic groups among faculty and leadership roles.

Actions to promote change and opportunity


    • At the heart of Lisa VanHoose's presentation during the 2022 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on DEI in June 2022 - an event ACAPT proudly co-sponsored - was the concept of "DEI fatigue," a term used to describe any stress associated with DEI efforts in organizations, but that manifests itself in what VanHoose described as a "subtle resistance [to DEI efforts] that may erode workplace performance." 

    • Students, faculty and clinical partners at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) participated in a free webinar to encourage more diversity in the PT population pursing a PhD & career in academia.

    • ACAPT’s Consortium for Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP) covered critical perspectives of disability in this recorded webinar.

    • Updated resources at


    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs identify DEI as a top area for improvement

    According to the January 2022 Institutional Profile Survey, many DPT programs would like to build upon their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

    • Fifty-eight percent (58%) feel they have at least some room to improve to include DEI measurable outcomes in their strategic plan. 
    • Fifty percent (50%) note that they could better act upon collected data to improve the culture for inclusivity.
    • Forty-eight percent (48%) report they could better assess non-academic obstacles to degree completion.
    • Forty-four percent (44%) could improve in acting upon their own data to increase diversity in their student body.
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    THANK YOU to all the generous supporters for the NEDIC Summit, including the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation who provided a $25,000 President's Grant!