RMC COTAD Chapter

Chapter Information

Our Rocky Mountain College Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) chapter became an official chapter in December 2020. We are set out to be a part of the mission of COTAD; “To empower occupational therapy leaders to engage in practices that increase diversity, equity and inclusion for a more transformative occupational therapy profession.” Being a part of a chapter not only benefits each of us individually as we break down our own biases as we learn from diverse narratives, but ignites us as a collective group to be a powerful force to dim the light on inequities and injustices and shine light to demarginalize the gap of diverse narratives. Together, we aim to put our pride aside, amplify the voices of others, and move forward together to benefit our profession, our future clients, and ultimately our future practice.

2021 Chapter Initiatives

a. Host a DEI event with RMC OT program at the beginning of the year to increase discussion/awareness and challenge students to be self-reflective in regards to unconscious bias, implicit bias, microaggressions, as well as recognizing privilege to set the standard for the academic year and fieldwork participation.

b. Invite guest speakers/panel discussions from the surrounding communities in Montana as well as programs that focus on inclusivity in Montana to increase awareness about the population we have the potential of serving/working with in fieldwork and for those working in Montana post-graduation.

c. Engage with other clubs/departments at Rocky Mountain College to create a more inclusive diversity task force as well as work to create an interdisciplinary partnership between the health profession programs on campus to promote diversity in serving the community in the future.

d. Provide presentations and resources about occupational therapy in local schools/programs to advocate for a more diverse working population in the future.

Our previous 2021 events:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Recognizing Privilege Training
Advocate for Student Voting at the National Level RMC COTAD Chapter: Why We Vote https://youtu.be/tDqU5O1022M

Events we are looking forward to:

“Inequities in Women’s Health” Guest Speaker: Bonnie Medlin Date: TBD in April Speaking on how her career path in public health has revealed the inequities existing in women’s health overseas and what we can do to meet the disparities within our own profession and community. Following the lecture, our RMC COTAD chapter intends to partner with local organizations in the Billings community during our summer semester to support women with more accessible and sustainable materials for menstrual cycles.

Moving forward:

May: Mental Health Month
June: Pride Month

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Contact information for the 2021-2022 chairpersons:

Shaylynn Conti (Primary Liaison): shaylynn.conti@rocky.edu

Taylor Buness (Secondary Liaison): taylor.buness@rocky.edu

For more information about COTAD, visit https://www.cotad.org/.