Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee

The OPTA’s Cultural & Minority Affairs (CMA) Committee was established in 2018 with the following goals:

  • Improve involvement from underrepresented minorities at all levels of the profession
  • Improve cultural responsiveness of Oregon PTs, PTAs, and students in practice
  • Improve the profession’s engagement with minority and underserved communities


Who We Are

The committee aims to be a representative coalition of practitioners and students in the state of Oregon who are passionate about minority issues within the profession of physical therapy and its patient populations at the state and national level. The committee’s consideration of minority statuses within the profession aligns with those established by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and includes:

  • Racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity minorities
  • Nationality and immigrant status minorities
  • Individuals living with disabilities

  What We Do

The Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee is committed to building professional community and facilitating support and mentorship among current and aspiring PTs and PTAs. The committee is dedicated to creating community outreach opportunities and relationships across the state of Oregon to increase awareness and service of the profession to under-served communities. Lastly, this committee has committed itself the ongoing education of ourselves and our professional community through the development of continuing education events and workshops, as well as state and national conference presentations.

How We Engage

Loving Teachers. Gracious Learners.

The Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee believes that addressing diversity and minority issues requires all parties to approach this work with a willingness to listen, learn, and teach. We have the responsibility to be curious about the needs and positions of others, and to engage in respectful but daring dialogue.

Join Us

Committee meets 4 times each year (Jan/Apr/Aug/Nov). See OPTA Calendar for dates and times.