Welcome to the TNOTA Diversity & Inclusion Webpage!


Our Mission: We exist to amplify diversity in the field of occupational therapy, promote awareness about equality, and advocate for a more inclusive profession regarding scholarship and practice in the state of Tennessee.

Our Vision: A future in which the Tennessee occupational therapy profession is an equitable, inclusive, and diverse representation of service for our community.



TNOTA Diversity Committee - Upcoming Events:


Join us in serving the homeless population this holiday season! The TNOTA DEI Committee is hosting its first coat drive.
Please donate new and gently used coats (of all sizes) between now and December 4th at the drop locations below near you!
A member from the TNOTA DEI committee will deliver them to a local shelter on December 4th!

Drop Locations/Contacts:


  • Belmont University - Contact Hanna McClain at [email protected] to arrange for pick up.
  • Tennessee State University - Contact TSU COTAD Chapter Rep at [email protected]  to arrange for pick up.
  • Drop Opportunity on December 4th at 4pm: Drop off coat at the Walgreens parking lot ( 2611 8th Avenue South, Nashville TN , 37204) to TNOTA DEI Representative. Contact [email protected] for any questions.


  •  University of Tennessee - Chattanooga:  410 E 8th St, Chattanooga, TN 374030 - Mapp Building 3rd Floor Entrance. Leave donation at security desk. Contact [email protected] for any questions.


  • McCaskill Crenshaw Group at Keller Williams Realty : 9087 Poplar Ave #101, Germantown, TN 38138. Contact [email protected] for any questions! 


  •  Tennessee Wesleyan University: OT department - 2001 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916 on the 6th floor - drop bin will be outside of the elevators. Contact [email protected] for any questions. 

COTAD Chapters
Ready to hear the scoop on the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)
Watch this live recorded webinar to find out about COTAD, how to start a COTAD Chapter at your OT graduate program, and to learn more about the initiatives from the TNOTA 
Diversity and Inclusion Committee!

Great news!
 Financial Assistance: TNOTA will reimburse 50% of your initial COTAD chapter fee once your chapter is established! Just reach out to [email protected] once you have navigated and completed the process through COTAD.

Click below to learn more about COTAD Chapters by visiting the COTAD Website:COTAD Chapters


 Anatomy of An Ally Series

Graphic By: Danielle Coke - @ohhappydani

 Ever wonder how you can partner alongside marginalized groups to make change? What exactly does it mean to be an ally?
 Check out the brand new series "Anatomy of An Ally" - a
 7-part series that will show how we can use our mouth, nose, eyes, ears, heart, and hands to make true change in equity and inclusion. 
Click here to take a look! ----> Anatomy of An Ally Series



  TNOTA Diversity Committee - Past Events
We may have missed you for these, but we hope you'll join us for our upcoming events!


Diversity and Inclusion Committee Est. July 2020

If you'd like to learn more about our initiatives or have questions, please contact the diversity and inclusion committee!