The lack of representation of Black people in physical therapy has been a known problem since our profession’s inception. Black people make up almost 13 percent of our nation’s population, however, currently fewer than 4 percent of physical therapy students identify as Black and fewer than % of working physical therapists identify as Black. Furthermore, fewer than 3 percent of the American Physical Therapy Association members identify as Black. This lack of representation is apparent throughout academia and health care, from the clinical level to institutional leadership.
Students, professionals and, most importantly, patients are greatly affected by this lack of representation, as minority providers disproportionately provide care to underserved populations. Thus, the USC Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Black Alumni Association was established to change these inequities, increase representation within our profession and serve those populations affected the most by healthcare disparities.
To change the landscape for optimal equity and inclusion within the USC Trojan Family, physical therapy profession and community at large.
The USC Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Black Alumni Association uplifts and empowers Black PT and BKN students and alumni by providing CARE:
We work alongside departmental faculty aiding in recruitment, retention and improvement of the experience for Black students at USC. We promote clinical and professional excellence by providing career mentoring, scholarship and outreach.
We serve as a network between the students, faculty and alumni. We are dedicated to increasing representation and the advancement of Black rehabilitation professionals in healthcare by empowering alumni to overcome biased systems and advocate for diversity.
We will improve the quality of life of the communities we serve through advocacy and volunteerism. We aim to increase cultural competence in healthcare. Our goal is to uplift and continually encourage our community towards greatness.
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