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OT and Social Justice: Moving From Disparities to Equity in Health Care, Education, Economic Vitality and the Physical Environment

Should societies provide equal opportunities for all people, regardless of age or ability, to engage in meaningful occupations that allow them to develop their potential and participate in their communities?  How does access to health care, education and employment affect a person’s wellbeing and their very identity?

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation knows that occupational therapists are leaders that empower people, break down barriers and build inclusive environments. Occupational therapists are on the forefront of responding to inequities that impede fair treatment and prevent people from contributing to the decisions that impact their lives.

Occupational therapists are leaders in social justice!

Join us for a special screening of Spike Lee's award-winning movie, BLACKkKLANSMAN, followed by a critical dialogue featuring Detective Ron Stallworth, the police officer whose life was the inspiration for the movie, Dr. Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Wade/Meyer Endowed Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Professor Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Leslie Jackson, DrOT, OT/L, FAOTA,  Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator at Chicago State University, and Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Scientific Program Officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

November 8, 2019

Rush University, Armour Academic Center, Room 967, 600 S. Paulina St. Chicago, IL 606012

3 AOTA Contact Hours and 3 ILOTA CE Units have been approved for this event. 


Proceeds from this event will support the Lela Llorens and Christiansen/Jones scholarships at AOTF. Both of these scholarships support under-represented minorities in occupational therapy.  

This event is made possible with sponsorship support from Rush University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago State University. 

For more information about AOTF, questions about this event, or if you wish to make a gift in support of OT research, please contact Lawrence Liff at