The ICE Diversity Leadership Program
The Institute of Clinical Excellence works to provide the highest level of continuing education to our participants, creating a network of clinicians with optimal training and skills. We are, however, aware that there is a gap in this community and in the larger physical therapy community. Recent events have caused ICE to confront the lack of diversity within the profession and take steps to increase the representation of people of color within physical therapy.
The ICE Diversity Leadership Program was created in order to promote greater diversity within leadership roles in the profession of physical therapy. It hopes to create more visibility for people of color and allow for improved representation within leadership roles. As an organization, we recognize that in order to promote our field equally to all people, there must be diversity in representation.
The ICE Diversity Leadership Program is focused on members selected to become ICE Certified by providing free access to the 8 core courses that comprise the certification across a 3-year eligibility period. In addition, registration to the ICE Sampler is provided so that individuals may attend the certification testing that takes place on the Friday of the Sampler weekend. Members selected may complete the Certification faster than 3-years as their schedule allows. In addition to coursework, members selected for the ICE Diversity Leadership Program will also participate in quarterly meetings with ICE staff to discuss leadership principles & answer questions from the group, including alumni from previous years of the program.
In order to apply for this award, each recipient will need to complete the ICE Diversity Leadership Program Application, available January 1st of each year. The deadline for applications for the 2024 award year is December 1st. After this deadline, applications will be processed members will be informed of the decision of their application.
Submit your application by following THIS LINK.
The ICE Foundation
The goal of the ICE Foundation is accumulating funds throughout the calendar year to donate towards a charity that supports the diversity and inclusion of peoples of color, women, LGTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and other under represented groups. Throughout the year, ICE Faculty will nominate charities which will be vetted for authenticity, governance, transparency, and fiscal responsibility to ensure the money raised is not wasted. One charity will be chosen each year to receive all funds on August 31st of that calendar year and the process will begin again.
This is a small, but sustainable start. We plan to revisit the contribution per course and increase the contribution from courses year-over-year.