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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

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The DEI consortium will represent the Physical Therapy (PT) Academic Community including program directors, faculty, DCEs, resident/fellowship directors or faculty, possibly students and PTAs as advisory members. Geographically, membership is open to anyone in ACAPT.  We encourage every ACAPT member institution to have at least one DEI consortium member.


Purpose: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consortium’s purpose is to promote real change that supports increased accessibility and opportunities for everyone in Education and Profession of Physical Therapy. The DEI consortium will promote increased accessibility, inclusion, acceptance of differences, and opportunities for all stakeholders involved in PT education.

Vision: The consortium envisions a diverse, equitable, and inclusive physical therapy community where all members are respected and valued for their unique differences and inherent worth, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and civility.

Mission: The consortium seeks to examine biases, assumptions, and world views in effort to nurture a progressive community that will promote the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for the education and profession of physical therapy.

Core Value StatementThe consortium is committed to informing and empowering its members and the physical therapy profession to be agents of real change who are committed to being responsive to our stakeholders in order to improve the health and well-being of diverse populations, communities, and individuals.

Our objectives are:
  • Promote the value and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the education and practice of physical therapy.
  • Develop strategies and tools to enhance and guide a diverse physical therapy curriculum and practice through evidenced based presentations and/or publications.
  • Create a pipeline for careers in physical therapy among underrepresented minority groups to promote the number of students seeking application and acceptance in doctor of physical therapy programs through education, community involvement, and mentoring.
  • Provide and sustain a national forum for physical therapy academic and clinical partners to engage in difficult conversations that center on diversity, equity, and inclusion as both an asset and barrier to real change that can be measured and sustained.
  • Work in congruence with the recommendations from the Diversity Task Force report, as it relates to the recruitment of minority students and faculty.





 

This Consortium was approved for development in January 2019. 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consortium’s purpose is to promote real change that supports increased accessibility and opportunities for everyone in Education and Profession of Physical Therapy. The DEI consortium will promote increased accessibility, inclusion, acceptance of differences, and opportunities for all stakeholders involved in PT education.

DEI holds elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If you are a DEI member, you are registered to vote.  If you have not yet joined DEI, please click the "Request to Join" box above.  As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual ACAPT Educational Leadership Conference (ELC) where DEI's annual business meeting is held.

Senobia D. Crawford

Position: Chair
Credentials: PT, PhD
Hampton University

Bernadette Williams York

Position: Vice-Chair
Credentials: PT, DSc, GCS
University of Washington

Kim Nixon-Cave

Position: Secretary
Credentials: PT, PhD, MS, FAPTA
Thomas Jefferson University

Veronica Jackson

Position: Nominating Committee
Credentials: PT, DPT, WCC
Alabama State University

Dawn S. Brown

Position: Nominating Committee
Credentials: PT, DPT, OCS
Northern Illinois University

LaDarius Woods

Position: Director-at-Large
Credentials: PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS
Alabama State University

Carla Huggins

Position: Nominating Committee
Credentials: PT, DPT
Georgia State University


Below are the current leadership names and position descriptions.

Chair: Senobia D. Crawford, PT, PhD, Hampton University
Vice Chair: Bernadette Williams York, PT, DSc, GCS, University of Washington
Secretary: Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, MS, FAPTA, Thomas Jefferson University
Director-at-Large: Ladarius Woods, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS, Alabama State University
Nominating Committee
: Carla Huggins, PT, DPT, Georgia State University
Nominating Committee: Veronica Jackson, PT, DPT, WCC, Alabama State University
Nominating Committee:  Dawn S. Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, Northern Illinois University


Position descriptions:

Chair:  The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Consortium and shall be an Exofficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the DEI Consortium Board of Directors; prepare and submit written reports of the activities of the DEI Consortium to ACAPT; prepare and submit an annual written report of the activities of the Consortium to its members. The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT DEI Consortium Website.

Vice-Chair: The Vice Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee DEI ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  The Vice Chair shall serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. The Vice Chair shall represent the DEI Consortium related to any Program Planning responsibilities for ELC.

Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all DEI Consortium and Board meetings; notify DEI Consortium members of the date, time, and place of DEI Consortium meetings; maintain the DEI Consortium’s archives and correspondence; and make DEI Consortium’s minutes and rules and regulations available to the membership and to ACAPT’s executive office. 

Nominating Committee Member: The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members elected by the membership for three (3) year terms, with one (1) member being elected each year. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term.

The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.  The slate (i.e. list of candidates) shall be published in the DEI Consortium newsletter and distributed to the membership at least 60 days prior to the election.  The Nominating Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election in the same fashion followed for the publication of the slate.

Director-At-Large (DAL): The Director at Large shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide for broad-based input into the decision-making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned. They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board. 

For questions, contact the Nominating Committee, Dawn Brown at dbrown36@niu.edu.

Alabama State University

Veronica Jackson , PT, DPT, DCE, WCC

Alabama State University

LaDarius Woods, PT, DPT, CSCS

Alabama State University

Cody Thompson, DPT, GCS

Alabama State University

Dartell Treadwell, MSP, PT, DPT

Alabama State University

Olivia Walker, SPT

Alabama State University

Ja'Nisa Watts, SPT

Alabama State University

Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD

Andrews University

Letrisha Stallard, DPT

Arkansas State University

Dartell Treadwell, MSP, PT, DPT

Baylor University Graduate School

Kendra Gagnon, PhD

Baylor University Graduate School

Casey Unverzagt, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

Baylor University Graduate School

Thomas Longbottom, DPT, NCS

Bellarmine University

Beth Ennis, PT, EdD

Brenau University

Fredy Solis, PT, MS, PhD

California State University, Fresno

Bhupinder Singh, PT, PhD

California State University, Fresno

Jennifer Roos, PT, DPT, GCS

California State University, Long Beach

Amanda White-Graff , SPT

Chatham University

Steve Karas, PT, DSc

Clarke University

Toni Monat, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS

Columbia University

Laurel Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP

Concordia University Wisconsin

Lisa Steinkamp, PT, PhD, MBA

Creighton University

Kathleen Sutton, PT, PhD, DPT, MPH

Drexel University

Hadiya Green, PT, DPT

Drexel University

Megan Schaefer, PT, DPT, PCS

Duke University

Jeffrey Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS

Duke University

Zachary Rethorn, PT, DPT

Duke University

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT, CCS

Elon University

Audra Potter, DPT

Emory and Henry College

Rose Pignataro, PT, DPT, PhD

Franklin Pierce University (NH)

Elke Schaumberg, PT, MS, DPT, PhD

Franklin Pierce University (NH)

Olga Melendez McSorley, PT, DPT

Georgia State University

Carla Huggins, PT, DPT

Georgia State University

Natonya Early, MSPT, PhD

Hampton University

Senobia Crawford, PT, PhD

High Point University

Jeff Taylor, DPT, PhD

Idaho State University

Tyler Jepson, PT, DPT, GCS

Indiana State University

Jeremy Houser , DPT, OCS

Mary Baldwin University

Corey Woldenberg, PT, DPT

Mercer University

Jeannette Anderson, PT, DHS

Methodist University

Mica Mitchell, PT

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Julie Keysor, PT, PHD

Midwestern University - Arizona

Suzanne O'Neal, PT, DPT, NCS

New York Institute of Technology

Lori Hochman, PT, PhD

New York University

Lisa Bradley, PT, DPT, MSW

Northeastern University

Sheri Kiami, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

Northern Arizona University

Taylor Bush, SPT

Northern Arizona University

Letha Zook, PT, EdD

Northern Arizona University

Andrea Lerner , DPT

Northern Illinois University

Dawn Brown, PT, DPT, OCS

Northern Illinois University

Christina Odeh, DHS

Northern Illinois University

Heather Henderson, PT, DPT, NCS

Northern Illinois University

Tobey Yeates, PT, DPT, OCS

Northwestern University

Bill Healey, PT, EdD

Northwestern University

Tobey Yeates, PT, DPT, OCS

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale

Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, MBA, CLWT, CDP

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale

Melissa Dreger, PT,DPT

Old Dominion University

Elizabeth Locke, PT, PhD

Pacific University

Talina Corvus, PT, DPT, GCS, ACEEAA,LMT

Radford University

Renee Huth, PT, DPT, PhD; DCE for 10 years

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhD

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Steven Wilkinson, PT, PhD

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Matthew Nuciforo, PT, DPT

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Fatmata Kabia, MPA, EdD (c)

Sacred Heart University

Beverly Fein, PT, DPT, EdD

Samford University

Andrea Bowens, PT, DPT, OCS

Samuel Merritt University

Sharon Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Mary Ann Holbein-Jenny, PT, DPT, PhD

Springfield College

Salome Brooks, PT EdD MBA MA

Springfield College

Erin Futrell, PT, MPT, PhD, OCS

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Carol Recker-Hughes , PT, PhD

Temple University

Alyssa Kresge, SPT

Tennessee State University

Ronald Barredo, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA

Tennessee State University

David Lehman, PT, PhD

Texas State University

Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Texas Woman's University

Rupal Patel, PT, PhD

Texas Woman's University

Nathaniel Brown, PT, DPT, GCS

Texas Woman's University

Jennifer Ellison, PT, PhD

The College of St Scholastica

John Borstad, PT, PhD

The University of Findlay

Joyce Lammers, PT, Ph.D.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT, CCS

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Jeff Taylor, DPT, PhD

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Shannon Hughes, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, MTC

Touro University of Nevada

Katherine Joines, MSPT, DHSc

University of California, San Francisco

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT

University of Colorado

Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

University of Colorado

Lara Canham, PT, DPT

University of Delaware

Adrienne Pinckney, PT, DPT

University of Florida

Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, MBA, CLWT, CDP

University of Florida

Marino Bucci, SPT

University of Minnesota

Jacquelyn Ruen, PT, DPT, OCS

University of Missouri

Anita Campbell, PT, DPT, NCS

University of New Mexico

Eric Kruger, PhD, MS, DPT

University of North Florida

Sherry Pinkstaff, PT, PhD

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

University of Scranton

Anthony Carusotto, DPT, CLT

University of South Alabama

Heidi McDermott, DPT, PT

University of Southern California

David Gillette, PT, DPT, GCS

University of Southern California

Michael Simpson, DPT

University of Southern California

Brian Moore, PT, DPT

University of Southern California

Didi Matthews, DPT

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Florida

Elaine Lonnemann, PT, DPT

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Texas

Kunal Bhanot, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT

University of the Incarnate Word

Jaime Gonzalez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

University of the Sciences

Shelly Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS

University of Utah

Heather Hayes, DPT, PhD

University of Vermont

Deborah Harris, PT

University of Washington

Kathryn Lent, PT, DPT, PhC

University of Washington

Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS

University of Washington

Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, GCS

University of Washington

Murray Maitland, PT, PhD

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Victoria Moerchen, PT, PhD

Virginia Commonwealth University

Shawne Soper, PT, DPT, MBA

Wayne State University

Suchi Modi, Doctor of Physical Therapy

West Coast University - Center for Graduate Studies

Dawn Kelly James , PT DPT DSc

Western University of Health Sciences

Harsha Deoghare, PT PhD

Wingate University

Mary Swiggum, PT, PhD

Winston-Salem State University

Audrey Millar, PT, PhD

Winston-Salem State University

Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS

Winston-Salem State University

Nancy Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Winston-Salem State University

Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD, NCS

Winston-Salem State University

Judy Foxworth, PT, PhD, OCS

Winston-Salem State University

Hamdy Radwan, PT, MS, PhD, CMP

Winston-Salem State University

Jennifer Martin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Winston-Salem State University

LaVerene Garner, PT, DPT

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