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Dept of PT Virtual Gallery Walk, March 25
March 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
How can I participate? You can register for the event here and we will send you a Zoom link for the day.
What is this event: Join us for the launch of 70 innovative teaching resources focused on equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and anti-oppression designed by our final year students as the culmination of their Department of Physical Therapy “SPEC” curriculum.
What is the “SPEC” curriculum”: SPEC stands for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural (SPEC) Dimensions of Health and Healthcare. These teaching resources are the result of the final SPEC assignment, which aims to build critical reflexivity regarding privilege and how one’s social locations are related to systems of inequality.
What is the Gallery Walk: The event includes 6 curated exhibition discussions led by faculty facilitators and guest stars. You are invited to “walk” through the rooms to listen in and join dialogues reflecting on EDI and anti-oppression in physiotherapy and healthcare.
Who is invited: Everyone!
How can I see the Gallery of virtual teaching resources after the launch: The Gallery can be accessed here for a week following the launch.
11:00-11:25 – Opening remarks
- Welcome: Stephanie Lurch/Stephanie Nixon
- Department of Physical Therapy Chair’s remarks: Susan Jaglal
- Keynote: Suruthi Jeyakumar
11:25-11:30 – Transition time
11:30-12:10 – Exhibition discussions 1
- Green 1 room: Stephanie Lurch (faculty facilitator) + Suruthi Jeyakumar (guest star) + Cian Knights (guest)
- Blue 1 room: Barbara Gibson (faculty facilitator) + Nathan Gaba (guest star)
- Yellow 1 room: Lindsay Beavers (faculty facilitator) + Adiilah Heenaye Sumser (guest star)
12:10-12:30 – Break
12:30-1:10 – Exhibition discussions 2
- Red 2 room: Jay Shaw (faculty facilitator) + Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair (guest star)
- Blue 2 room: Lakshmi Matmari (faculty facilitator) + Dean Lising (guest star) + Saul Cobbing (guest)
- Yellow 2 room: Stephanie Nixon (faculty facilitator) + Emmanuel Ovola (guest star)
1:10-1:15 – transition time
1:15-1:30 – Closing remarks
Guest star bios
Saul Cobbing is an associate professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and a visiting professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, Canada. His duties include teaching and supervising research for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He graduated with a PhD in Physiotherapy in April 2017 and is currently a fellow on the College of Health Science’s Developing Research, Innovation, Localization and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) Program. His post-doctoral research aims to develop and implement community interventions for the rehabilitation of people living with HIV and other chronic diseases, in under-resourced communities. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles to date. He is married and has two children, Daniel (11) and Lola (8).
Nathan Gaba is a 21-year-old born with cerebral palsy who has decided to help change perspectives on disability through his career in public speaking, disability advocacy and modelling. He is an ambassador for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Center’s Dear Everybody Campaign that seeks to dismantle ableism, has modelled for Roots Canada and Adidas Paris, and is in his final year of sociology at McMaster University. Nathan wants to stay versatile and pursue his passions wherever they lead him.
Suruthi Jeyakumar (she/her) is a creator and designer currently freelancing in the field. With an education background in Advertising and Graphic Design, she works exclusively with digital content in 2D and 3D forms. Suruthi’s work is centered around exploring various avenues of creative expression with an emphasis on video game design, branding and editorial work.
Cian Knights (she/her/elle) is an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategist and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 15 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that explicitly address equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. Cian has a degree in Women’s Studies & Caribbean Studies and also a master’s in Business Administration in Community Economic Development. Her professional experience spans a variety of sectors including community development, education, healthcare and the arts. She is currently the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).
Dean Lising has led Professional Development (PD) with PTs/teams in roles such as Team-Based Practice/Education Lead, Director, BOOST! Team-Based Care (Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE), University of Toronto (UT)), IPE Scholar-in-Residence (Centennial College), Manager Academic Affairs (St. Michael’s Hospital), Professional Practice Leader, Centre Coordinator of Clinical Education and practicing PT (William Osler Health System). He is also faculty in PD programs: PT Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context Course (UT), VITAL Virtual Teaching (CIPE), Quality Improvement Foundations (IDEAS Ontario), and Teaching and Learning for Collaboration (Centre for Faculty Development) and holds a status lecturer appointment at the Department of Physical Therapy. He has produced publications in QI, team dynamics, team resilience and covid-19 innovations.
Harikrishnan (Hari) Gopalakrishnan Nair (he/him) is a multi-talented visual artist, poet, fashion designer and media personality. He is an alumnus of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program, works clinically at the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) at Women’s College Hospital and ICU (acute care/medicine) at Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Partners. Hari lectures in the UofT Department of Physical Therapy as part of the pain team and holds the role of Alumni Mentor to the Bridging Program. Hari is Co-Chair of the Corporate Equity Committee at Women’s College Hospital. Hari is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), associate coach trainer with Coacharya and Founder/ Director of Coachari Inc.
Emmanuel Ovola (he/him) is a Senior Physiotherapist and passionate runner always looking to encourage others to take steps with him. Health equality is a key cornerstone of his current practice and working to encourage engagement in physical therapy. Cultural Health Club was founded (by emmanuel and fellow peers) with this key mission to promote health and prevent disease. Emmanuel believes that this can be achieved by providing Health professionals mentors and supporting them seek senior positions within healthcare.
Adiilah Heenaye Sumser is a registered physiotherapist with focus in orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. She has practiced in hospital and primary care settings, having also established a private practice clinic. Adiilah earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Mauritius in 2008. After moving to Canada in 2015, she joined the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program (OIEPB) and successfully registered as a physiotherapist in Canada in early 2017. Adiilah has taken on several leadership roles: president of the OIEPB Class, co-founder and co-chair of the OIEPB Alumni Association, clinical instructor at the University of Toronto and elected member to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA). Adiilah actively participates in several initiatives around inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in the physiotherapy community. Adiilah recently won a medal of distinction award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.