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!

Pitt Loves Homewood 2017

Pitt Loves Homewood (Organizer)

  • Full Name:  Pitt Loves Homewood
  • Hosting Body: Homewood Community Engagement Center; Pitt-Assisted Communities and Schools (PACS); Homewood Children's Village; Bible Center Church; PittServes; the Student Government Board
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date: September 23rd, 2017
  • Description: Community cookout designed to introduce Pitt students to the Homewood Community and its assets, secure new volunteers for Homewood community programming, and encourage Pitt students to explore different neighborhoods outside of Oakland.  I served a primary organizer to coordinate volunteers from Pitt's OT program, design a craft activity for attendees, and exhibited at a table with resources to connect underserved populations to occupational therapy community-based resources, as well as promote backpack safety and awareness.
  • Other Resources/Further Information: http://pacs.pitt.edu/

Basics of Effective Science Communication Workshop

Basics of Effective Science Communication Workshop

  • Full Name: Basics of Effective Science Communication Workshop
  • Hosting Body: Pitt Science Policy Group
  • Location: SciVelo, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date: September 12, 2017
  • Description: A workshop for graduate and postgraduate students to learn how to convey scientific ideas and research to a wider audience.  
  • Other Resources/Further Information:  facebook.com/pittsciencepolicy

Sensory Friendly Performance: Music of Flight and Fantasy

Sensory Friendly Performance

  • Full Name: Sensory Friendly Performance: Music of Flight and Fantasy (Volunteer)
  • Hosting Body: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date: June 17th, 2017
  • Description: Family-friendly concert featuring the music of John Williams in a welcoming, inclusive, and relaxed environment designed for patrons of all ages with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, and other different abilities.  Specific volunteer duties included helping patrons explore their bodies and space in the kinesthetic room.
  • Other Resources/Further Information: Pittsburghsymphony.org/sensoryfriendly

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Distribution

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Distribution

  • Full Name: Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Distribution 2016 (UPSOTA Table)
  • Hosting Body: Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA (David L. Lawrence Convention Center).
  • Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2016 
  • Description: The Thanksgiving Distribution is an event for individuals and families that qualify for food assistance.  Participants receive all the groceries necessary to supply a full Thanksgiving meal.  In addition, vendors (including UPSOTA) set up tables with information and resources to connect participants with needed information and services, including legal, economic, and healthcare services.
  • Other Resources/Further Information: http://ulpgh.org/