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New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus 


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  • July 29, 2020 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    As members of the NYSBOTC, we are disgusted at the events that have taken place around our country which include the executions of Black people. These murders of Black women and men are part of a long continuum of anti-Black violence in the United States and across the globe. Centuries of dehumanization, institutional violence, and racial terror continue to occur within a history of inaction.  Attention to this longstanding inequity, that mars our existence on a daily basis, has resulted in a global demand for justice and the elimination of systemic racism that bleeds throughout our country and its institutions.

    We appreciate the empathy, sympathy, and apologies that continue to be expressed by many.  However, those that benefit most from this oppressive system must be willing to sacrifice their privilege by "evening the playing field” and destroying racism from the inside out. The New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus stands in solidarity with the national and global protests against police brutality as well as all forms of institutional racism. The question is what we will do as Black occupational therapy practitioners to facilitate equity and equality.

    The New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus (NYSBOTC) was established in 1975 as a local chapter of the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus formed in 1974. The purpose of the NYSBOTC is to serve as a vehicle to bring Black OTs, COTAs and students together to identify, share and attempt to resolve issues germane to the Black OT community. The NYSBOTC functions as a sounding board and support for Black occupational therapy practitioners and students who are experiencing racial inequity and injustices within the workplace and within institutions of higher learning.

     The Goals of the NYSBOTC :

    To increase student recruitment, retention, and support toward certification.

    To promote equal opportunity in employment.

    To increase communication among Black licensed occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants and students.

    To increase awareness and knowledge of occupational therapy among other Black professional groups and the Black community at large.                        

    Forty-five years later the above goals remain relevant to students and Black occupational therapy practitioners. Forty-five years later Black OTs make up less than 5% of the profession. 

    The NYSBOTC strives to be an advocate for clinical and academic excellence through student scholarships, practitioner awards, and mentor-ship for practitioners and students. Our membership includes students, clinicians, educators, organizational leaders, and entrepreneurs.

    We are dedicated to continuing our efforts to increase the presence of Black students and Black faculty in academia. We continue to address our goals through mentor-ship, forging relationships with institutions of higher education, and strategically increasing representation in state and national Occupational Therapy organizations. To effect sustainable change, these efforts must be spearheaded with the resources of our national organizations.

    We are encouraged by the recent efforts of the AOTA and NYSOTA around the issue of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. However, we realize that this is still the beginning of a discussion that started decades ago.  Action is needed to effect tangible change. We are calling on AOTA to commit to implementing initiatives that will be the driving force to increase diversity within our profession. It is imperative that these initiatives begin with increasing the presence of Black students and faculty within the academic settings and removing the barriers that exist to actualize these changes.   

    As an organization we remain committed to moving the anti-racism narrative forward and promoting change. We are also committed to supporting our local and national organizations as they develop and implement initiatives to dismantle structural racism and work to build a more diverse and inclusive profession.

  • June 26, 2020 2:19 AM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)
    Unfortunately due to operational costs, we no longer will provide membership to students for free.  Effective July 1st, new and renewal of student membership will be $10 annually.  We will continue to provide mentor-ship and professional updates. 
  • June 13, 2020 5:04 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    In loving memory of our beloved friend and colleague Dr. Yves Roseus, the Department of Occupational Therapy at York College of the City University of New York, in collaboration with his family, announce the Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen’s Award for Outstanding Service and Advocacy in Occupational Therapy.

    As a York College alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dr. Roseus inspired and mentored many towards a life dedicated to service and advocacy. In addition to his dedication to the York College OT community, he was Senior Occupational Therapist at Brookdale Hospital. He served on the Roster of Accreditors for ACOTE and as a Board Trustee for NYSOTA and NYSBOTC. Dr. Roseus’s commitment to service and advocacy also helped to develop an occupational therapy program in Haiti.


    To honor his legacy, we invite you to contribute to the establishment of the Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen’s Award. The award will provide financial support for a York College occupational therapy student who demonstrates outstanding service and advocacy in occupational therapy.

    If you would like to make a contribution, the website can be found by using the following link:


  • June 03, 2020 6:48 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    NYSOTA and NYSBOTC stand together with the black community against social injustice and systemic racism! NYSOTA acknowledges the many challenges faced by Black Occupational Therapy practitioners and students both statewide and nationally. As occupational therapy practitioners, we also recognize that systemic racism oppresses and harms the occupational development and functioning of individuals, families, and communities.

    In an effort to understand and increase awareness, NYSOTA has nurtured a long-standing relationship with NYSBOTC. Our partnership has driven our commitment to creating an environment in which diversity and inclusion are encouraged, supported and embraced.

    These are unprecedented times. Blacks and people of minority communities have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, the hurt and inequity have been compounded by the senseless murder of George Floyd. The ensuing outrage and cry for justice is a result of racism in America and we must take action now. Actions may include promoting a diverse workforce; voting and participating in all elections to ensure representation (local through national); and acknowledging that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (MLK)

    NYSOTA and NYSBOTC encourage you to stand in solidarity with the black community in the condemnation of oppression, hate, violence, and racism.

    Let’s all be the change we want to see.


    The NYSOTA Board of Directors

    Flo Hannes, MS, OTR, FAOTA, President
    David Melchionne-Martinez, MA, COTA/L, Vice President
    Donna Frazier, MA, OTR, Treasurer
    Margaret Frye, MA, OTR, Secretary
    Jeff Tomlinson, OTR, MSW, FAOTA, Trustee, Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair
    Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Trustee
    Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, BS, COTA/L, Trustee
    Mary Devadas, MS, OTR/L, Trustee
    Debbie Major, Member at Large
    Michelle Scanlon, Executive Director

    The NYSBOTC Board of Directors

    Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L, President
    Paula Stewart, MS, OTR/L, Vice President
    Jacquelyn Browne, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Treasurer
    Chesler Fleurant, OTA, Corresponding Secretary
    Carla Mathis Malcolm, MS, OTR/L, Recording Secretary

  • April 17, 2020 10:29 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Dr. Yves Roseus was an occupational therapist and our beloved friend, colleague, co-worker, mentor, and advocate. For over 20 years he was passionate about our profession and sought to have the world know about what we do. He gave his all and served in many capacities; he was a member of AOTA, an ACOTE evaluator, NYSOTA Trustee, member of NYSBOTC and the recipient of the Celeste Pasley Merit Award. He fought to establish an OT program in Haiti and desired to have students participate in study abroad both in the US and his beloved country Haiti.

  • August 05, 2019 10:03 PM | Anonymous

    Wimberly Edwards, retired OT, co-founder of the CUNY, York College OT program and founding member of NYSBOTC was acknowledged for her being named a Legacy Honoree by the National Association of University Women, Brooklyn Branch, on June 8, 2019 through Senate Resolution initiated by Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn NY. 

  • August 05, 2019 9:37 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)


    Michele Mills was awarded the Celeste Pasely Merit Award for being a practitioner who demonstrated significant contributions in clinical Experience, community involvement, education and mentorship.  She has been an occupational therapy practitioner for over 34 years and an academician for over 30 years. Currently Michele is an Assistant Professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at LaGuardia Community College.  

  • June 21, 2019 12:18 AM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    Trustee: Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L

    Trustee: Yves Roseus, OTD, OTR/L

  • October 07, 2018 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    See website for extension of discounts.

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