Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Special Interest Section (SIS) Upcoming 2021 Meetings

Samantha (Sam) Wallenberg, MS, OTD, OT, one of four co-chairs of ILOTA's new Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Special Interest Section (SIS), wanted to share with all members the information below about their upcoming free meetings through the end of 2021. No need to pre-register - just send an email message to [email protected] for the Zoom link.

The meeting descriptions are below, but here are the meeting dates and times:

COTAD Connections
- 3rd Thursday of every month, 7pm
- August 19
- September 23
- October 21
- November 18
- December 16

JEDI SIS Committee
- 4th Tuesday of every month, 5pm
- August 24
- September 28
- October 26
- November 23
- December 28

COTAD Connections Meetings:

The overall purpose of the ILOTA JEDI SIS COTAD Connections is to create a space for IL COTAD Chapters (Universities/Colleges) & State (practitioners & students without Chapters) to connect via the ILOTA platform and to widen the diversity.

This will be a space for COTAD Chapters to branch out/network & learn about what other Chapters are doing, including events & initiatives, in order to help each other grow as a Chapter through encouragement, support, idea-building, collaboration, & problem-solving in order to implement events & initiatives at individual Chapters.

This will be a space for COTAD State members to branch out/network & learn about what they can do to get involved and volunteer.

The ILOTA JEDI SIS COTAD Connections will be a platform for COTAD-related topics that can be reached by all IL COTAD Chapters & State members so that all Universities/Colleges, practitioners, and students without Chapters can have access to events & speakers through one platform that is outside of our own "bubbles".

JEDI SIS Committee Meetings: 

Mission: 

To advance ILOTA’s commitment to acknowledging and addressing challenges within the field of OT surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion by increasing awareness and engaging in actionable, evolving efforts.

Visions:

To be an all-encompassing resource that encourages respectful participation, open and transparent dialogue, and mutual understanding surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). 

We envision ILOTA members to become empowered to advocate for JEDI, practice cultural humility, and implement the core values guiding the committee within their daily practice.

We believe the first step is to become self-aware of biases and values that influence daily interactions within patients, families, and the interdisciplinary team.