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DEI: Diversity Climate: A Key for Successful Diversity Management in Physical Therapy Practice

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Across the United States, there has been an increase in diversity education and investment. Many organizations, including the APTA, have invested significant time, money, and resources into furthering their diversity initiatives. Given this investment, it is crucial to understand the differential effects that diversity may have on outcomes and how it can be managed most effectively. This course will introduce physical therapy professionals to the concept of Diversity Climate and its relationship to positive organizational outcomes. It will also provide participants with practical suggestions for how to implement these constructs into practice.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe factors that may undermine diversity efforts

2. Define Diversity Climate and describe how it offers a solution to diversity management 

3. Utilize Diversity Climate research to generate workplace interventions for better diversity management

Patrick McKay


Patrick F. McKay, PhD., is the Stanley and Franny Wang Professor of Human Resource Management in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. McKay received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 1999 from the University of Akron. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management and the Personnel/Human Resources Research Group. Dr. McKay has been recognized as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His research interests include demographic disparities in worker outcomes, diversity, diversity climate, organizational demography, worker attitudes and retention, and job- and organizational-level performance. Dr. McKay has 39 in-press or peer-reviewed articles in respected publications such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology, and has published 10 invited book chapters and/or journal articles. His research has received awards from the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division including the 2007 Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award and the 2009 Saroj Parasuraman Outstanding Publication Award. Currently, Dr. McKay is a former Associate Editor for the Personnel Psychology and International Journal of Human Resource Management and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

Leython Williams


Dr. Leython Williams is a facility manager for Athletico Physical therapy in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is a former Division 1 college football player and previously served as an affiliate physical therapist with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. He is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in physical therapy as he currently serves as the chartering Chairmen of the Detroit, Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Black Physical Therapists and is the Co-Founder/Co-Chair of Athletico Physical Therapy’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council.

Bana Odeh


Bana Odeh, SPT is a third year DPT student at Wayne State University with a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a co-founder of the student organization Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity in Action (IDEA) and serves on APTA Michigan’s DEI Committee. She is also the 2020 Centennial Scholar for APTA Michigan.

Course Instructions

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  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
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