Stitching the Quilt: Developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in a Child Life Academic Program
An exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion through an anti-racist lens and how it is threaded throughout the courses int he Child Life academic program. The presentation will include deepening DEI threads consistently throughout the program, culminating in the internship and thesis. Through curriculum mapping, examination of course syllabi, the author will examine how DEI applied both implicitly and explicitly throughout the program.
Suggested Domain: DEI (domain of your choosing)
1. Explore the concept of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as it pertains to child life clinical practice.
2. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Diversity, equity, and Inclusion as it pertains to racial consciousness in a child life academic program.
3. Explore how racial consciousness through an anti-racist lens is threaded throughout the courses and coursework in a Child Life Program, culminating in supervised fieldwork (clinical internship) and the masters' thesis.
Troy is a Certified Child Life Specialist for and has over 25 years of experience in the field of Child Life, including directing several child life programs in the tri-state area. She has served as the Director of the Child Life Masters Program at Bank Street College since 2004, and has taught the following courses: Child Development, Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood, Child Life in Health Care Settings, Children with Special Health Care Needs, and Child Life Administration.
Troy has been an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals and has held several leadership positions. Patient and Family Centered Care has been an integral part of her work with children, youth and their families for the last 30 years. She is committed to working with families. During her career, she has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, Special Educator and as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Throughout her career she remains committed to and advocating for the diverse and unique needs of all patients and their family, supporting their growth and development.
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