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USCBKNPT Latinx Alumni Association

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Latinx Alumni Association


The USC Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Latinx Alumni Association was formed in January 2021 to establish a supportive, resourceful and successful community to guide us as we evolve our practice as doctors of physical therapy. This association is our legacy and represents our commitment to ensure our Latinx alumni excel throughout their careers.

Our vision is to collaborate with the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in recruitment, retention and support of a more diverse, inclusive and equitable alumni and student body. Greater representation is necessary to improve the experience of healthcare education and practice, as well as to properly address the healthcare disparities, access to services and biases that impact our profession and Latinx community.

The mission of our association is to uplift and empower historically excluded Latinx alumni, current, and future Latinx DPT students to prepare the next generation to represent and provide Physical Therapy services for the communities we stem from. We aim to develop a vast network of Latinx Physical Therapy Alumni who will promote and strengthen cultural representation in our profession.

We promote clinical and professional excellence by providing career mentoring, scholarship and outreach to our alumni, so as to be better equipped to practice unparalleled, compassionate rehabilitation services.

Please feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

“We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.”

—Dolores Huerta



Founding Board Members

Betsaida Cruz portrait


Betsaida Cruz-Coble, PT, DPT ’07
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist


Zuleima Hidalgo, PT, DPT ’15
Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist


Amber Calderon, PT, DPT ’08

Committee Directors

Daniel Salinas portrait

Outreach Committee Director

Daniel Salinas, PT, DPT ’18

Karina Ortiz portrait

Mentorship Committee Director

Karina Ortiz, PT, DPT ’19

Jocelyn Vartanian portrait

Social Media Committee Director

Jocelyn Vartanian, PT, DPT ’08
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Mariela Crespo portrait

Fundraising Committee Director

Mariela Crespo, PT, DPT ’15