Students with paid or unpaid experience in the area of disability, diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership and undergraduate research are best prepared for employment and graduate studies. Students in the BS Occupational Science & Technology Program are encouraged to become involved.
Diverse-Occupational Therapy (Diverse-OT)
Diverse-OT is a new student organization that offers opportunities to Occupational Science & Technology and Occupational Therapy students to become actively involved in helping to increase the diversity of students in the various educational programs within the Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology Department. Students meet to provide support to each other, identify barriers and solutions to success, and educate pre-college age students on OT through presentations, career fairs and more.
Contact the Center for Student Involvement for information on how to join Diverse-OT and many other service, leadership and organization training opportunities.
Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
SOTA offers opportunities to Occupational Science & Technology and Occupational Therapy students to become actively involved in a college-level association that is linked with both the state and national level OT associations.
SOTA offers a vehicle for students to express their ideas and opinions, be an advocate for occupational therapy, become acquainted with the workings of an organization, volunteer in the community, raise funds for charity organizations, and become involved in campus activities. The organization is dedicated to ensuring a successful organization for future OT students and creating cohesion, good communication and unity between students and faculty.
Contact the Center for Student Involvement for information on how to join SOTA and many other service, leadership and organization training opportunities.
UWM Office of Undergraduate Research
Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree? Many masters and doctoral programs look for students who have an understanding of research. The Occupational Science and Technology program includes 4 research courses that help prepare students. Students may also participate in undergraduate research with faculty. Engagement in research also helps to build a strong application for a graduate program of your choice.
The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.
Many graduate programs in Occupational Therapy and other health related programs desire students to have experience in the areas of health, disability, OT, and other areas. Volunteer experiences are one way to gain a mix of knowledge and skills. It may also be one way to gain access to shadow experiences in OT or other health professions. Consider the opportunities available through UWM as a starting point.
The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students.