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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The Consortium will represent the Physical Therapy (PT) Academic Community including Program Directors, Faculty, DCE’s, Resident/Fellowship Director or Faculty, possibly students and PTA’s as advisory members. Geographically, membership is open to anyone in ACAPT.

Our Purpose Is: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consortia’s purpose is to promote real change that supports increased accessibility and opportunities for everyone in Education and Profession of Physical Therapy. The DEI consortia will promote increased accessibility, inclusion, acceptance of differences, and opportunities for all stakeholders involved in PT education.

Our Vision Is: The consortium envisions a diverse, equitable, and inclusive physical therapy community where all members are respected and valued for their unique differences and inherent worth, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and civility.

Our Mission Is: The consortium seeks to examine biases, assumptions, and world views in effort to nurture a progressive community that will promote the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for the education and profession of physical therapy.

 Our Core Value Statement IsThe DEI Consortium is committed to informing and empowering its members and the physical therapy profession to be agents of real change who are committed to being responsive to our stakeholders in order to improve the health and well-being of diverse populations, communities, and individuals.

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Our objectives are:
  • Promote the value of APTA & ACAPT and the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Education and Profession of Physical Therapy through the engagement of members in face to face conversations at least one time per year.
  • Provide a platform for reflection and collaboration to develop strategies and tools to enhance and  guide Physical Therapy Curriculum and Practice for everyone through evidenced based presentations and/or publications at least one time per year.   
  • Create a pipeline for careers in Physical Therapy among underrepresented groups to promote the number of students seeking application and acceptance in Doctor of Physical Therapy programs by 1% each year through education, community involvement, and mentoring with demonstrated success representing 5% in 5 years, that maybe accomplished working with other stakeholders.
  • Provide and sustain a National Forum for Physical Therapy Academic and Clinical partners to engage in difficult conversations that center on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as both an asset and barrier to REAL CHANGE that can be measured and sustained over a 3 year, 5 year, and 10 year span.
  • Work in congruence with the recommendations from the Diversity Task Force Report, as it relates to the recruitment of minority students and faculty by 1-3 percent per year, over the next 5 years.

This Consortium was approved for development in January of 2019.  More information is forthcoming, so please revisit this page soon. 


Chair: Senobia D. Crawford, PT, PhD, Hampton University

Vice Chair: Bernadette Williams York, PT, DSc, GCS, University of Washington

Secretary: A. Lynn Millar, PT, PhD, FACSM, Winston-Salem State University

Nominating Committee: Veronica Jackson, PT, DPT, WCC, ACCE, Alabama State University

Nominating Committee:  Dawn S. Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, Northern Illinois University         

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