About SCDOT  –  Student Caucus for Diversity in Occupational Therapy

We are a fun-loving group of OT students who embrace diversity, appreciate different perspectives, strive for cultural competency, and value professional development. If this sounds like you, then join us! Membership is open to all UCA OT students and SPOT members.


The purpose of SCDOT is to act as an advocate for occupational therapy underrepresented student groups in order to enhance and promote their contributions to the occupational therapy profession at the local, regional, and national levels as well as to promote cultural competency among occupational therapy students when working with underrepresented or underserved client populations. This includes fostering participation in Students for Pre-Occupational Therapy (SPOT), Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association (AROTA), and American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).


The major objectives of SCDOT are to:

  • Facilitate and support the recruitment, retention, and certification of underrepresented student groups in the occupational therapy program.
  • Identify and address issues and concerns that impact the matriculation of underrepresented student groups in the OTprogram.
  • Foster representation and participation by diverse and underrepresented students and practitioners in the occupational therapy profession and specifically in student, state, and national associations.
  • Encourage and develop diverse leaders and role models for the OT profession at the college, local, state, and national levels.
  • Increase communication and cultural competency among all OT students, practitioners, educators, and applicants.
  • Promote equal opportunities in employment and education for all OT practitioners and students.
  • Promoting contextually relevant practice emphasizing quality and equity in health care and occupational therapy for consumers of various backgrounds including but not limited to ethnic, racial, cultural, education, spiritual, and socioeconomic status.

Member Meetings

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309A

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B

Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B



January 24, 2018

SCDOT Learns Chinese Culture

Crystal and Jacy from the UCA Confucius Institute spoke at the SCDOT meeting on Tuesday. They spoke on Chinese culture, including the Chinese new year, calligraphy, and paper cut outs, among other relevant topics. A shout out to the Students of Pre-OT (SPOT) club members who attended!

November 14, 2017

Members attended the UCA Global Expo for International Education Week

Alyssa Beaver, Robbie Walker and Mallory Halverson

Members of the Student Caucus for Diversity in OT attended the UCA Global Expo for International Education Week! Students had the opportunity to visit with international students from all over the world, learn about their cultures and values, and taste foods from many of the countries!


October 20, 2017

SCDOT Guest Speaker – Dr. Angela Webster

On October 3rd Dr. Angela Webster joined the Student Caucus for Diversity in OT group for a special discussion on justice, diversity, and inclusion. Check the meeting dates for SCDOT so you don’t miss out on any of the exciting opportunities!