Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lectureship and Day of Scholarship

Friday December 4, 2020

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1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join us from anywhere! The event is now fully virtual.  This event will be free to attendees, with a donation of any size to the Columbia Occupational Therapy Diversity Scholarship Fund suggested. 

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Join the Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy for the annual Janet-Falk Kessler Lectureship and Day of Scholarship, now presented virtually!

The day will include oral presentations by advanced practitioners and scholars and the Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecture.

Participants can earn up to 3 contact hours.


2020 Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturer: Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR

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Danielle is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Afya Foundation, a non-profit organization that rescues surplus medical supplies to provide disaster relief and meet ongoing medical needs of struggling communities around the world. The medical supplies that Afya distributes are sorted and packed in a warehouse in Yonkers by volunteers, including those with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. These volunteers are now supervised by occupational therapy fieldwork students as part of yet another innovative program. Afya was awarded a Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2015 for their ebola response efforts. Along with our students at CUOT, Danielle and Afya also made significant aid to relief efforts in Puerto Rico in 2018.

Danielle's keynote speech will be "”Innovating in Life’s Uncertain Corners".

Join Danielle on a reflective journey of trusting one’s self and finding the courage to lead a life rich in meaning. Honest and humorous in approach, this thought-provoking lecture will present stories on how she launched the Afya Foundation and offer educators, students, and clinicians lessons towards inspirational leadership and service to others.



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Registration will close on November 30th.  This event will be free to attendees, but please consider making a donation of any size to support the Columbia Occupational Therapy Diversity Scholarship Fund.  

If you have any questions about registration, please reach out to Eileen Lloyd at el2777@cumc.columbia.edu

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Past Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturers

2019: Kristie Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA