Pursuing greater diversity, equity, and inclusion takes sustained effort, but we can incorporate new concepts to help push ourselves forward.
Those opportunities will be at the heart of the third annual Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy, to be delivered by Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, in an online presentation.
Titled "DEI Fatigue? RST is the Intervention (Representation, Sankofa, and Trustworthiness)," VanHoose's lecture will be shared online June 16 at 6 p.m. ET. The lecture is the third in a series named in honor and memory of Woodruff, a physical therapy leader and advocate, and longtime APTA member. Sponsored by APTA, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, American Academy of Physical Therapy, APTA Academy of Education, National Association of Black Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapy Learning Institute, the event also recognizes Juneteenth.
VanHoose is a clinical professor at Baylor University in the physical therapy department and the founder and executive director of the Ujima Institute and Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations develop the knowledge and skills needed to live out the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a board-certified specialist in oncologic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Therapy.
VanHoose's lecture will be immediately followed by an online panel discussion moderated by Julian Magee, PT, DPT, ATC, and including Emmanuel B. John, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, MPH; Tim Vidale, PT, DPT, MBA; and Adrienne N. Pinkney, PT, DPT, PhD.
The lecture is free, but cosponsoring organizations request that viewers consider donating at least $10 to one of four funds that support DEI:
- Lynda D. Woodruff Endowed Research Grant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy.
- American Academy of Physical Therapy.
- The Physical Therapy Fund, which supports the Minority Scholarship Fund and the Dimensions of Diversity Fund.
- National Association of Black Physical Therapists.
The first and second annual Woodruff lectures, "Who Do We Want To Be? Responsible Stewardship of Our Profession" by Gregory Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA; and "The Road to Success: Are We Ready to Change Direction?" by Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, are available for viewing.