Thank you for your interest in participating in a survey as part of a research study titled, "Antiracism in Occupational Therapy Education: Perspectives of Underrepresented Minority Stakeholders." Occupational therapy (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) education, much like the profession, remain predominantly White female-dominated institutions. Despite increased emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), there remains little research examining the role of OT/OTA education in supporting underrepresented minority (URM) students, faculty, and practitioners.

To further explore this issue, we would like to invite you to participate in our research study that aims to examine the role of antiracism within OT/OTA education. The research study is surveying underrepresented minority occupational therapy (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students, faculty, and practitioners on the educational supports and barriers that have impacted their professional success.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are currently enrolled or have graduated from an accredited OT/OTA program in the United States and identify as a member of a URM racial or ethnic group.

The completion of the survey should take approximately 20 minutes. Your responses to the survey will remain anonymous. You will not be paid for participating in this study. Your participation is voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time. If you choose not to participate in this study or to leave the study at any time, your health care, benefits, or relationship at Rush University Medical Center will not change or be affected.

Please forward this to eligible peers, coworkers, and colleagues. We would love to get their input as well!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Hannah Morris, OTS at Hannah_Morris@rush.edu. Questions about the rights of research participants may be addressed to the Rush University Medical Center Office of Research Affairs at 1-200-876-0772.

Thank you for your time!

Hannah Morris, OTS (she/her/hers)
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student

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