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The third installment in our DEI Discussion series will focus on pathways to leadership. We'll discuss how to create pathways, how to facilitate them through mentorship, and the ways volunteers can support structures and groups that keep those pathways open into the future.

In the United States, minoritized populations are underrepresented in positions of leadership in many facets of society. The physical therapy profession notes this as an area of opportunity as well. Hadiya Green Guerrero, PT, DPT, APTA senior practice specialist, and guests Talina Corvus, PT, DPT, PhD, Yusra Iftikhar, PT, DPT, Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, and LD Woods, PT, DPT, PhD, will discuss how they’ve blazed their own pathways to positions of leadership within the physical therapy profession, at work, in the community, in professional governance, and in board participation — and how they recommend opening doors to leadership for others. 

The final 30 minutes of the discussion will be reserved for a Q&A session with the audience.

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Talina Corvus, PT, DPT, PhD, is a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist and chair of APTA Oregon's Cultural and Minority Affairs Committee. She works as an assistant professor, contributing to education and leadership, interprofessional education, and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at Pacific University. Outside of academia, Corvus stays involved in county public health, small scale farming, and as many opportunities to enjoy art and music as possible. 

Yusra Iftikhar, PT, DPT, is a recent graduate of the Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is a writer, blogger, and fierce mental health advocate. She is the current director of communications for the APTA Student Assembly and writes for her own blog, The DPT Diaries. Iftikhar’s writing has been featured on sites such as Covalent Careers, the National Eating Disorders Association, Recovery Warriors, and The Mighty. Iftikhar is pursuing a career in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and hopes that through her online communications and passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, she will be able to provide honest insight to life as a new grad while navigating the beautiful struggle that is mental wellness and social justice for all.

Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, is a professor at Thomas Jefferson University, in the role of program director for the entry-level DPT program and executive director of the Center for Post-Professional and Continuing Education Programs. She has a PhD in education and is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist practicing primarily in the neonatal intensive care unit. Nixon-Cave is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA and is actively involved in the association, serving as chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education with the responsibility of developing board certifications and postprofessional educational programs. Nixon-Cave focuses on clinician and faculty development and professional formation in the field of physical therapy. Her record of scholarship, publications, and presentations has focused on clinical decision-making, clinical reasoning, clinical practice guidelines, and professional formation, as well as cultural diversity, cultural competency, responsiveness, and humility from pedagogy and andragogy teaching perspectives. 

Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, has been an educator in health professional programs for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as associate professor and program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Williams-York has previously held faculty and administrative appointments at Alabama State University, Howard University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Hampton University. She received her bachelor's degree from Tulane University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a Doctor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain University. Williams-York is a board certified geriatric clinical specialist and has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years. She also is a published author and has received federal funding for her research in health disparities, health care workforce diversity, health promotion, and aging.

LaDarius “LD” Woods, PT, DPT, PhD, is a graduate of Alabama State University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has a PhD from Auburn University. He currently serves as an assistant professor at Alabama State University teaching primarily neurological content, in addition to maintaining a clinical practice. Woods is a two-time recipient of APTA’s Minority Scholarship Award, first as a student and later as a faculty member.

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