Skip to main content

Let me throw out a couple numbers: 3.4% and 1%.

No, those aren't the odds of winning the lottery. According to datausa.io, that's the percentage of doctor of physical therapy degrees earned by African Americans (3.4%), and African American males specifically, (1%) in 2016.

As a black male working toward a DPT degree, I didn't need those stats to know that I'm in the minority. In my physical therapy school at the University of Miami, I am one of only four black students, and the only black male.

That's a big difference from my undergrad experience at Stillman College, a historically black college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where more than 90% of my classmates were black.

There, I blended in. Now, I stick out—an apple among oranges.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.


Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.


You Might Also Like...

Open Access

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Jul 1, 2021

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee provides strategic advice, recommendations, and counsel to the APTA Board of Directors regarding DEI.

News

Woodruff Lecturer Challenges the Profession To Be 'Brave and Honest' About DEI

Jun 29, 2021

Charlene Portee delivered a frank assessment of where things stand, and an inspiring vision for courageously embracing change.

Interview

'DEI Is Not New': A Brief Q&A With 2021 Woodruff Lecturer

Jun 9, 2021

Charlene Portee says new strategies — and then, action — are what's needed to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.