Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Special Interest Section (SIS) Upcoming 2022 Meetings

The co-chairs (Sam Wallenberg, Dalmina Arias, Divya Sood, and Lillian Chen-Byerley) of ILOTA's new (established in the Summer of 2021) 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 2022. Please send an email to [email protected] for the Zoom link and to verify the meeting dates and times, as they are subject to change.

The JEDI SIS is pleased to announce that the committee meetings will be covering topics that were identified from a survey distributed at the beginning of 2021, prior to the development of the JEDI SIS Committee. Upcoming topics include Health Delivery to Undocumented Individuals, Transgender Healthcare, Middle Eastern Culture and Parental Expectations Associated with Early Intervention (EI) Practices, Sexuality and Gender, etc. Some of these meetings will include a CEU credit, as indicated next to the dates of upcoming JEDI SIS Committee Meetings below.

Please see below for a description of the JEDI SIS Committee and COTAD Connections Subcommittee. Here are the upcoming tentative meeting dates and times:

JEDI SIS Committee Meetings

4th Tuesday of every month @ 5:30PM

- January 18

- February 22

- March 22 - Health Delivery to Undocumented Individuals

- April 26 - Transgender Healthcare (CEU)

- May 24 - Middle Eastern Culture and Parental Expectations Associated with EI Practices

- June 28 - Sexuality and Gender (CEU)

- July 26

- August 23

- September 27

- October 25

- November 22

- December 27

 COTAD Connections Subcommittee Meetings

3rd Thursday of every month @ 7:00PM

- January 20

- February 17

- March 17

- April 21

- May 19

- June 16

- July 21

- August 18

- September 15

- October 20

- November 17

- December 15

JEDI SIS Committee:


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


To be an all-encompassing resource that encourages respectful participation, open and transparent dialogue, and mutual understanding surrounding 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.

2022 Goals:

Create educational opportunities for ILOTA members to increase their awareness of topics related to JEDI within OT practice.

Provide opportunities to student members to engage in the JEDI SIS group by creating a support system for students through the COTAD Connections Subcommittee.

Encourage dialogue and conversations from people of all different experiences and backgrounds to engage in and learn from one another’s perspectives.

Examples of Past Events:

-       ILOTA 2021 Virtual Conference: Conversations That Matters: JEDI, the Force Within the Profession

Examples of Collaborative Creations:

-       Dear JEDI

-       Communique Article: The Importance of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) within Occupational Therapy

COTAD Connections Subcommittee:

COTAD Connections is a subcommittee of the JEDI SIS for students. The purpose is to support and encourage dialogue between COTAD Chapters of all the Illinois OT and OTA programs. Current active programs include Governors State University, Elmhurst University, Lewis University, Rush University, University of Illinois, Midwestern University, and North Central University. Here are two examples of what has been done thus far:

-       Learning from different Illinois OT school programs about their goals and initiatives related to JEDI and the development of their COTAD Chapter.

-       Engaged in discussions on common topics or activities. For example, discussed how to increase diversity in the OT profession by bringing awareness of the OT profession among minority students in high schools.