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Anti-racism and Occupational Therapy Education: Beyond Diversity and Inclusion

Sterman, Julia; Njelesani, Janet; Carr, Shanteria


Janet Njelesani

Shanteria Carr


There is a pressing need to address racism within healthcare education; however, occupational therapy educators lack a compilation of discipline-specific knowledge of anti-racist actions. The objective of this study was to examine anti-racist instructional practices for educators to employ in occupational therapy education. We conducted a scoping review and systematically searched six electronic databases to identify and synthesize anti-racist educational practices within the occupational therapy literature. The 20 included articles identified that educators should: use collaborative, anti-racist teaching strategies throughout the curriculum; engage in reflexivity including how intersecting identities impact occupational engagement; decolonize curricula through including Indigenous content and non-Western practice frameworks; increase representation of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color students and faculty; and strengthen educators’ capacity to engage in anti-racist actions. To address systemic injustices to educational inclusion and prepare students to address health care inequities, occupational educators must engage in anti-racist actions across curriculum, programs, and universities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2022
Publication Date Jan 28, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2022
Journal Journal of Occupational Therapy Education
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Article Number 3
Keywords Decolonizing, occupational therapy, cultural humility, reflexivity, BIPOC
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