RoOT: Reforming Occupational Therapy Diversity and Inclusivity Education

What is RoOT?

RoOT is a project proposal for a series of modules designed to reform diversity education and inclusive practice education by providing better tools to occupational therapy educators.  At its foundation is the idea that all clinical skills require systematic practice, guided reflection, and assessment for competency--and that we should apply these standards to the skills necessary to be a compassionate, inclusive provider.

An Introduction to RoOT

Project Conception and History

The project proposal has allowed us to secure the Jonas Salk Health Activism Fellowship from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, which we are using to further develop this project.  Currently, we have hit the following milestones:

  • Received microgrant for initial funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.
    • Located several project mentors to guide the formation of this project.
    • Located an academic faculty member willing to discuss using the project with a pilot class of incoming freshmen.
    • Developed a universal format for each individual module.
  • Launched the Video Interview Bank For Educators (VIBE) Project.
    • Secured a minigrant for production funding of VIBE interviews from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Development Currently In Progress

At the moment, we are working on the following milestones:

  • Development of three surveys: faculty/educator, student, and patient.  These surveys will be used to tailor curriculum design to those topics identified as relevant by the key stakeholders listed above.
  • Curriculum Development.

To find out more, please watch our short explainer video!