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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The Consortium will represent the Physical Therapy (PT) Academic Community including Program Directors, Faculty, DCE’s, Resident/Fellowship Director or Faculty, possibly students and PTA’s as advisory members. Geographically, membership is open to anyone in ACAPT.

Our Purpose Is: 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.

Our Vision Is: 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.

Our Mission Is: 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.

 Our Core Value Statement IsThe DEI 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 of 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.

See the 2020 slate of candidate bios and statements here.


Senobia D. Crawford

Chair: Senobia D. Crawford, PT, PhD
Hampton University

Bernadette Williams York

Vice-Chair: Bernadette Williams York, PT, DSc, GCS
University of Washington

A. Lynn Millar

Secretary: A. Lynn Millar, PT, PhD, FACSM
Winston-Salem State University

Veronica Jackson

Nominating Committee: Veronica Jackson, PT, DPT, WCC
Alabama State University

Dawn S. Brown

Nominating Committee: Dawn S. Brown, PT, DPT, OCS
Northern Illinois 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: A. Lynn Millar, PT, PhD, FACSM, Winston-Salem State University
Nominating Committee: Veronica Jackson, PT, DPT, WCC, ACCE, 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 or Veronica Jackson at vjackson@alasu.edu.

Baylor University Graduate School

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

University of Southern California

David Gillette, PT, DPT, GCS

Texas Woman's University

Rupal Patel, PT, PhD

University of Minnesota

Jacquelyn Ruen, PT, DPT, OCS

University of Delaware

Adrienne Pinckney, PT, DPT

Alabama State University

Ja'Nisa Watts, SPT

Alabama State University

Olivia Walker, SPT

Radford University

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

Baylor University Graduate School

Thomas Longbottom, DPT

Baylor University Graduate School

Kendra Gagnon, PhD

Winston-Salem State University

LaVerene Garner, PT, DPT

Winston-Salem State University

Jennifer Martin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Winston-Salem State University

Hamdy Radwan, PT, MS, PhD, CMP

Winston-Salem State University

Judy Foxworth, PT, PhD, OCS

Georgia State University

Carla Huggins, PT, DPT

Samuel Merritt University

Sharon Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP

Indiana State University

Jeremy Houser , DPT, OCS

Drexel University

Hadiya Green, PT, DPT

San Francisco State University

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT

Wayne State University

Suchi Modi, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Northern Illinois University

Christina Odeh, DHS

Winston-Salem State University

Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD, NCS

Winston-Salem State University

Nancy Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Winston-Salem State University

Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS

University of California, San Francisco

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT

University of the Incarnate Word

Jaime Gonzalez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

University of Missouri

Anita Campbell, PT, DPT, NCS

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Julie Keysor, PT, PHD

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Shannon Hughes, PT, EdD

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS

Arkansas State University

Dartell Treadwell, MSP, PT, DPT

Georgia State University

Carla Huggins, PT, DPT

Alabama State University

Dartell Treadwell, MSP, PT, DPT

Alabama State University

Cody Thompson, DPT, GCS

Arkansas State University

Dartell Treadwell, MSP, PT, DPT, PhD (s)

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Florida

Elaine Lonnemann, PT, DPT

Chatham University

Steve Karas, PT, DSc

University of South Alabama

Heidi McDermott, DPT, PT

Tennessee State University

Ronald Barredo, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA

Alabama State University

LaDarius Woods, PT, DPT, CSCS

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Matthew Nuciforo, PT, DPT

University of Missouri

Anita Campbell, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS

Old Dominion University

Elizabeth Locke, PT, PhD

Pacific University

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

Northwestern University

Bill Healey, PT, EdD

Midwestern University - Arizona

Suzanne O'Neal, PT, DPT, NCS

University of Colorado

Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Fatmata Kabia, MPA, EdD (c)

University of Washington

Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, GCS

University of Washington

Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale

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

University of Florida

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

Clarke University

Toni Monat, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS

University of Washington

Kathryn Lent, PT, DPT, PhC

Duke University

Jeffrey Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS

Bellarmine University

Beth Ennis, PT, EdD

Alabama State University

Veronica Jackson , PT, DPT, DCE, WCC

University of Vermont

Deborah Harris, PT

Winston-Salem State University

Audrey Millar, PT, PhD

Northern Illinois University

Dawn Brown, PT, DPT, OCS

Hampton University

Senobia Crawford, PT, PhD

Radford University

Renee Huth, DPT, ABD

University of Minnesota

Jacquelyn Ruen, PT, DPT, OCS

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