Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The mission of the NCOTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to support an increase in the diversity of OT in North Carolina; to help address issues of inequity experiences by practitioners, their clients, and the larger community; and to facilitate a climate of true inclusiveness and collegiality for all North Carolina occupational therapy practitioners. 

We aim to fulfill this mission through activities in three primary initiatives: 

  • Community Outreach: Education about and promotion of OT in community venues such as schools, health, recreational, and human services organizations, etc, particularly for rural, underserved, low-income, and minority populations. 
  • OT/OTA Educational Institutions: Provision of resources and other supports for OT/OTA educational programs to recruit and admit larger numbers of students from rural, low-income, and minority populations. 
  • Community In-Reach: Targeting OT/OTA practitioners, provision of opportunities to learn about and reflect upon the historical, social, economic, educational, and political systems that have created and sustained significant health disparities for minority populations, and limited the diversity in health professions.  This includes explicit attention to anti-racist actions and the role of OT in addressing issues of social injustice. 

If you are interested in joining the committee or even just helping out on an "as needed" basis, we invite you to join us in a way that fits your interests, talents, and availability of time and energy.  Please complete the survey attached here, and we will be in touch with you! 

Current Activities: 

Letter from the Board: NCOTA wants to provide support for our members so that we can understand the impact of systematic racism, injustice, and oppression has had on their personal and professional lives. Please take time to read our letter to members

Listening Sessions: The NCOTA Board and DEI Committee are hosting Listening Sessions to allow you a forum to share your experiences and opinions about race, racism, bias, and inequities that affect you as a practitioner and your clients. More information about the purpose of these sessions can be found here.  Please sign up to join us through the links below. 

For information about AOTA CommunOT Book Club (“Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum), please click HERE


For information about AOTA CommunOT Discussions about Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion, please click HERE. 


For a list of resources related to Race, Racism, and Racial Inequity, please click HERE


To contribute to an ongoing list of resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all minorities and underrepresented groups, please go to: Google Doc