Dawn Brown was recently elected as the Director of Clinical Education representative to the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy’s (ACAPT) newly established National Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (NEDI) Commission.
“Being elected as part of this commission means that I have an opportunity to lend my voice and abilities to creating not only awareness, but action toward initiatives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in physical therapy education and clinical practice,” said Brown, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. “This will enable me to contribute to the transformation of a physical therapy profession that is culturally responsive and sensitive to the needs of educators, students, clinicians, and patients from all cultural identities.”
As part of the commission, Brown will lead ACAPT in developing effective initiatives to support member institutions with efforts to increase the representation of racial and ethnic minority students and faculty, create new anti-racist and anti-bias policies and programming that will stimulate academic programs to strive for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“I am looking forward to using my professional experiences as a physical therapy educator and clinician, as well as my lived experiences as a Black physical therapist to offer a perspective on diversity, equity and inclusion,” Brown said. “The commission is composed of a fantastic group of physical therapists with whom I look forward to working over the next three years of my term.”
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