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The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) is a non-profit, grassroots organization that operates as groups from across the United States working toward a common goal of promoting diversity and inclusion within the occupational therapy workforce and increasing the ability of occupational therapy practitioners to serve an increasingly diverse population.

The University of Pittsburgh COTAD Chapter was established in August 2020. As a chapter, we aim to promote diversity, community and empower students to be more comprehensive and effective clinicians. We will carry out several initiatives which include hosting events, facilitating open dialogue among students and staff regarding current affairs and outreach in the Pittsburgh Community. The Pitt COTAD Chapter strives to be a place where all students can engage in impactful discussions, learn about different cultures and backgrounds and acquire the skills needed to make actionable change for a more equitable profession and inclusive society.

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer White (
Student Leadership: Sarah Kargbo (, Sonali Singh (, Hannah Obenhoff (, Leah Gibbon (, 
Chapter Founders: Theresa Tran (, Camarie Shepard (, Shelby Cartwright (, Melissa Toth (

Our Mission

To promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the Pitt OT community and empower students to be more comprehensive and effective clinicians.

Our Vision

Today’s students, tomorrow’s informed advocates.

Culturally Inclusive ADLs Panel Presentation

This presentation, hosted by the Pitt COTAD Chapter, served as a learning opportunity for health care professionals. Content centered around skin, hair, and cultural dress and head coverings, which contribute to a more culturally inclusive and healing environment for all individuals.

After viewing the recording, please complete a brief survey to help us make this topic a standard in occupational therapy education.

*Note: a portion of the recording was paused as one of our speakers requested to not record her presentation.


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