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.

2019 Officers

President- Hershila Lallu
Vice President- Brittney Richardson
Secretary- Chelsey Iglesia
Treasurer- Connor Crossett
Historian/PR- Micaela Randall

Member Meetings

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 1:40-2:30
Location: DHSC 309B


September 14, 2018

SCDOT First Meeting

The Student Caucus for Diversity in Occupational Therapy (SCDOT) hosted its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday with a great turnout and a special guest speaker, Ms. Latisha Standokes. The department is excited to have a student organization with students so passionate about diversity! Next meeting will be September 27th during X-Period in Doyne, room 309B.

August 31, 2018

SCDOT Inaugural Volleyball Tournament

SCDOT recently hosted its inaugural volleyball game to welcome the incoming class of 2021. This event was a great way for the classes to interact, as well as celebrate the life of classmate and friend, Lauren Clark. This special night was shared with Lauren’s parents, husband, and cousin.


August 30, 2018

SCDOT Accomplishing Advocacy

Students from the Student Caucus for Diversity in Occupational Therapy (SCDOT) advocating at
Conway Daze 2018!

LR: Danielle S, Christina B, Ashley V, Abby B

SCDOT President: Kailen H

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!