Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



As a professor or student in occupational therapy (OT), an important role is advocating for students and clients. Taking action is important to practice and promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within the profession. This quality improvement project aimed to determine the effectiveness of a racial microaggression workshop for OT, OT assistant (OTA) students, and faculty to improve awareness and ability to identify racial microaggressions to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Participants were recruited by convenience sampling through email to members of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) and COTAD-Educators (COTAD-ED). The workshop was a 90-minute presentation provided through a synchronous online Zoom that discussed definitions, themes of racial microaggressions, impacts, significance to OT, and how to address them when they occur. A pre-and post-workshop survey was provided to determine the workshop's effectiveness in increasing awareness of and identifying racial microaggressions. Results demonstrated that most participants were already aware of racial microaggressions; however, there was a statistically significant difference in confidence in identifying racial microaggressions, being comfortable disrupting them, and feeling well-equipped to address them in a classroom setting. This project highlights the importance of educating on racial microaggressions because of their commonality and how they can impact a student's learning.


Occupational Therapy

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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