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Message from the IPTA President on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, June 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Message from the IPTA President on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dear Members,

I hope that everyone was able to read the statement from the APTA that was put out on May 31, 2020, from President Sharon Dunn. As the President of the IPTA, I want to ensure all of our members that diversity, equity, and inclusion have been part of the IPTA strategic plan for many years. That being said, it is evident that more action is needed.

As your President, I am committed to all of our members and the communities we serve. This association represents Illinois physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students of all races. However, it must be acknowledged that our current system needs to evolve across the board in order to include more people of color to represent the diversity in our state of Illinois. To echo the words expressed in the APTA's recent statement on racism and systemic inequality in America, "Our positions — established by our members — are clear. As PTs and PTAs we respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals. We are against discrimination. We are for addressing health disparities."

Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2021)
Member since 1973

It is simply not enough to state a position on a societal issue. We must individually be held accountable, take action, and treat one another with the humanity that is deserved by all. I hope you see this message as another step in our continued efforts in the fight for equity and justice.

Michael Riley, PT

The IPTA Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The IPTA is committed to improve underrepresented minority physical therapist and physical therapist assistant (professional and student level) membership and participation. It is a goal of the IPTA to demonstrate responsiveness to the needs and concerns of underrepresented minorities in physical therapy by striving to include underrepresented minorities as follows:

  1. On IPTA appointed committees, task forces, and other groups
  2. In IPTA Leadership roles
  3. As nominees during the election process- identified by the Nominating Committee
  4. In verbal and visual media material to represent or describe the IPTA
  5. As targeted groups in any recruitment efforts.

Adopted by the IPTA Assembly of Representatives, April 22, 2017.

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