Established in 2019, Tuft’s Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) chapter has made a great impact on the department. Headed by two chapter representatives, along with 27 active student members (and growing!), COTAD provides opportunities for students and faculty to discuss their experiences with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
COTAD has led students in diversity and inclusion workshops, where students were encouraged to make personal actionable steps to work toward addressing barriers to access to care experienced by members of marginalized communities. Outside the Tufts campus, COTAD representatives provide information about national COTAD events and webinars for students to attend to continue to expand their learning.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, COTAD held virtual mental health check-ins to provide students with a safe space to express their concerns and find solidarity in the program.