Listening Time — 23:03
In 2019, APTA’s House of Delegates tasked the association with increasing attention and efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the physical therapy profession. Those efforts are ongoing at the association level, but there’s even more happening: individual PTs, PTAs, and students across the country are also working to advance DEI within the profession every day. New grad Spencer Barron, PT, DPT, is one of those clinicians.
As a student at the Medical University of South Carolina, Spencer and his classmates created a program to reach out to young students from minority populations; exposing them to the physical therapy profession and physical therapy school, and pairing them with mentors to help nurture them in their academic journies. In this episode, Spencer talks about the initiatives he and his classmates started and the crucial role DEI plays in the profession, now and into the future.
Here's our conversation with Spencer.
Read Spencer's blog post, "Creating Pipelines to Advance DEI."
APTA is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community. This is a journey—and that journey needs your perspective and support. If you have ideas to increase diversity and promote equity and inclusion, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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