On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Utica College hosted its first ever National Advocacy Dinner. The dinner was held on campus in the Strebel Student Center at the Pioneer Cafe. The idea for National Advocacy Dinners was developed by the APTA as an attempt to teach DPT and PTA students not only what advocacy means, but how to become an advocate for their profession. National Advocacy Dinners are held all around the country in support of advocacy: http://www.apta.org/AdvocacyDinner/
Class of 2019 DPT students Allie Cartier and Alexis Lancaster organized and hosted the dinner at the college. All DPT students and faculty were invited to the dinner.
Former President of the NYPTA, Dr. Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, GCS spoke to the students and faculty about how to better the profession and the care of our patients through advocacy. VanBeveren has been an active member of the NYPTA for years servicing the profession. VanBeveren's words to the students at Utica College resonated profoundly, "Don't have one year of experience 30 times. Have 30 years of experience."
VanBeveren speaking at Utica College during the National Advocacy Dinner.
Students Allie Cartier, Alexis Lancaster, and Kyle Brunelle presented at the National Advocacy Dinner as well. The three shared their experiences from the Delegate Assembly this past weekend in Albany. Cartier attended as a Student Delegate and Lancaster attended as a Directors' Intern.
Left to Right: Cartier, Brunelle, Lancaster
Thank you to all of the students and professors who showed up for the dinner last night. A special thank you to Dr. Patrick VanBeveren for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak to the college as well as for all that he has done in the past (and will do in the future) to advocate for the physical therapy profession.