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Woodruff lecturer challenges PT profession to be 'brave & honest' about DEI

Jun 2, 2021

ACAPT was a proud sponsor of the second Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy on June 17 -- featuring speaker Charlene Portee, PT, PhD and dean of the College of Health Sciences at ACAPT member institution Alabama State University. 

The title of the lecture was "The Road to Success: Are we ready to change direction?"

Charlene Portee

"Our profession has been slow in traveling the road toward diversity, equity, and inclusion," Portee said. "We cannot go back in time to change our past, but we can certainly change our future."

Viewing the lecture & panel discussion

You can read a recap of the lecture on APTA's site

A live panel discussion also featured:

  • Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT (moderator), associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.
  • Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, and clinical assistant professor at Winston-Salem State University.
  • Leon Anderson III, PT, MOMT, president of Sports and Spine Physical Therapy, Ohio and North Carolina.
  • Rachel Herron, PT, DPT, chair of the APTA Washington Special Committee for DEI and physical therapist at Northwest Wellness, Federal Way, Washington.

There is no fee to watch the lecture and no registration required. However, the cosponsoring organizations ask that viewers donate at least $10 to one of the following:

About the lecturer

Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, is the dean of the College of Health Sciences, interim director of the Physical Therapy Department, and a tenured associate professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Alabama State University. She is a charter member and fellow of the American Academy of Physical Therapy and served as their president for nine years.

About the lecture

The Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture is cosponsored by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), Physical Therapy Learning Institute, American Academy of Physical Therapy, National Association of Black Physical Therapists, the APTA Academy of Education, and APTA. This lecture is held annually around Juneteenth.

The inaugural lecture was delivered by Gregory Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA, on July 1, 2020, and featured a related panel discussion.

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