Black History Month Lecture: Increasing Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the Physical Therapy Profession
Join us for a Black History Month lecture by Dr. Bernadette Williams-York, a physical therapist, educator and underrepresented minority, who will share her personal experience and unique perspective regarding the lack of diversity in the physical therapy profession. In a time in our country when the diversity of the nation is rapidly increasing, why is this diversity not reflected in the numbers and percentages of health care professionals? What are the barriers and obstacles that are preventing African Americans and other underrepresented minorities from gaining admission to health professions programs?
Dr. Williams-York will also present and discuss findings from her research as the chair of the physical therapy diversity task force of the American Physical Therapy Association regarding these issues. Strategies utilized in medicine, nursing and dentistry to recruit, admit, retain, and graduate underrepresented minorities in the health professions will also be explored and discussed.
This lecture is jointly sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, the School of Public Health and the University Career Center and President's Promise.