September 24, 2021

Public health graduate co-founds cultural, diversity group

By: Mykayla Capeles

August graduate Emma Mitsui wanted to do more than just physical therapy.

She wanted to start a conversation about implicit biases, cultural humility, health inequities, and patient/client diversity. From this came CULTURE (Cultivating Unified Lives Through Understanding, Reflecting, and Educating).

Mitsui and her co-founder Fei McMahon found the idea through other Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students at other universities and wanted to bring that conversation to the Arnold School. Throughout their time at South Carolina, they led group discussions and coordinated guest speakers to talk to them and other future physical therapists.

“Through all these relationships, I’ve seen the impact that can be made through having a clear passion for what you’re teaching, creativity, openness to pranks and jokes, and creating an open environment to ask questions,” she said. “Those are all lessons I hope to carry into my clinical work.”

The August graduate would like to guide future students as a clinical instructor. She also wants to participate in a mentorship program to help diversify the field and encourage more BIPOC+ students to pursue careers in health care.

Read the full story, written by Erin Bluvas, on the Arnold School of Public Health website.

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