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About COTAD  

The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) was formed in 2014 through a collaboration that occurred between members of the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program. COTAD has grown tremendously since its early days and has added individuals to its Executive Board and general membership. Now established as a non-profit organization, COTAD operates as a group of individuals from across the United States all working towards a common goal of promoting JEDI, anti-racism, and anti-oppression within the occupational therapy workforce and increase the ability of occupational therapy practitioners to effectively serve an increasingly diverse population. Learn more about COTAD on the national COTAD website.

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NYU OT COTAD Leadership

Carissa CeseƱa and Brenda A. Velarde, both 1st-Year Occupational Therapy MS students, are proud to lead the NYU OT COTAD Chapter. To join the monthly meetings and attend upcoming events make sure to check your NYU email for updates. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Join the NYU OT COTAD Chapter

The NYU OT COTAD Chapter aims to build community and create a safe space for OT students to prioritize mental well-being and increase awareness of the effects of stereotypes, microaggressions, and unconscious bias language. We also work with other departments at NYU to increase student outreach and engagement. Joining the NYU OT Chapter is as easy as coming to the meetings! If you'd like to get more involved and become a board member, please contact

Chapter Events

To see upcoming events hosted by the NYU OT COTAD Chapter, please click the button below.

NYU Steinhardt Events Page