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The Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy

This annual lecture, a collaborative effort by the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Physical Therapy (AAPT), the National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT), the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), and the APTA Academy of Education, will be held annually on or around Juneteenth in honor of Dr. Lynda D. Woodruff, a co-founder of PTLI and a pioneer in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in physical therapy education and practice. Our intent is to ensure that her legacy lives on in a format that ignites action, innovations, and solutions on issues related to DEI and social justice. Importantly, we hope to create a platform to address systemic barriers to opportunity and access for underrepresented minorities (URMs) in our profession.

2021 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on DEI in PT - Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, FAAPT

Date: Thursday, June 17th, 6:00-8:00pm EST (45 minute lecture followed by 60-75 minute panel discussion)

Title: The Road to Success: Are We Ready to Change Direction?

Dr. Portee bio

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Discussion Panel:

  • Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, FAAPT - 2021 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecturer and Dean, College of Sciences at Alabama State University

  • Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT - Discussion moderator, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

  • Leon Anderson III, PT, MOMT - President of Sports and Spine Physical Therapy, Ohio and North Carolina

  • Rachel Herron, PT, DPT - Chair, Washington APTA DEI Special Committee and physical therapist, Northwest Wellness, Federal Way, Washington

  • Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS - Clinical Assistant Professor, Winston-Salem State University

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