Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program acknowledges that a profound history and the present state of oppression in the United States have led to the systemic disenfranchisement of populations including communities of color, members of sexual and gender minority populations, people who are not part of a religious majority, people with disabilities, and many immigrant populations. We recognize that if we are not actively working to promote social justice for all, then we are part of the problem. Thus, our students, staff, and faculty have created the UTEP DPT Program’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
We are committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive DPT Program, physical therapy profession, community, and nation. In order to actively pursue the actionable changes we want to see within and beyond our Program, we will begin by expanding our own recruitment and community engagement strategies. We also pledge to become more aware of our own privileges and implicit biases and to promote allyship with all oppressed groups through open dialogue, reflection, and research.
We are proud of our unique binational community, and our Program’s long-standing commitment to cultural proficiency and diversity. The creation of the UTEP DPT Program’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Summer of 2020 marks a renewed and expanded commitment to improving our own Program, serving marginalized populations, and transforming society.