Dominican welcomes Japanese Occupational Therapy students to campus

Students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California hosted 28 OT students from Osaka, Japan in an educational and cultural exchange on the San Rafael campus September 18-20.

“It provided a chance to develop international contacts, with the hope of faculty and student exchanges in the future,” said Dr. Julia Wilbarger, associate professor and chair of Dominican’s Occupational Therapy department. “We are helping our students to become better global citizens, which is one of the desired institutional learning outcomes.”

The Japanese students, all undergraduates, have studied English, but were accompanied by translators.

On September 18, Dominican students and faculty gave a presentation on disabilities accommodations in Japan and visited a clinical OT site in Novato with the Japanese entourage.

On September 19, Dominican hosted a pizza party for its visitors on the Meadowlands Hall lawn. The two groups participated in a series of lawn games.

On September 20, the Japanese students were guests of honor at a lunch and awards ceremony in Creekside Room. They received certificates of participation from their hosts.

For more information, contact Diane Griffeath, OT program administrator, at 415-458-3731 or email [email protected]


September 17, 2018