Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
Representing the Public We Serve
FSBPT is committed to ensuring that our organization and our members not only recognize the value of DEIB, but take proactive steps to be inclusive.
As FSBPT President Nancy Kirsch said in a 2020 webinar, in order for regulators to fulfill their mission of public protection, members of the public must feel comfortable approaching regulatory boards for help, guidance, or to report a licensee. Members of the public must know that they will be accepted, listened to, and included. Additionally, NPTE candidates and licensees must feel included to trust that they will be treated fairly throughout the examination and licensure process.
FSBPT has taken concrete steps to become more inclusive. The Nominating Committee considers diversity when slating candidates for our Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. FSBPT has also given members multiple resources to help them consider and advance their own efforts. Additionally, FSBPT created a staff DEI Committee to proactively review and create plans to foster DEIB internally.
Fairness is also an essential focus of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) development process. FSBPT assesses fairness at several steps. First, FSBPT trains item writers in strategies to avoid using insensitive language, or language that might disadvantage some test candidates due to accessibility. Experienced volunteers then help the item writer revise the question so that it only assesses critical, job-relevant knowledge. If the item writer cannot revise it sufficiently, volunteers discard the question. Next, the Exam Development Committee (EDC) reviews items; this is the final step before an item is eligible to be included on an NPTE.
FSBPT continuously examines and improves this process. Since 2016, when FSBPT engaged an external consultant on this topic, we have used a formal internal Fairness Review Committee. The committee has the responsibility to ensure test questions are reviewed for language and sensitivity issues, with the goal of making NPTE questions equally accessible to exam candidates of all backgrounds. At the same time, FSBPT created a tool for volunteers and committee members to more consistently assess item fairness. FSBPT has also adopted more sophisticated statistical analyses to detect test questions that might disadvantage some groups based on their demographic background. Our efforts in this vein continue, and in 2022 FSBPT is again working with an external consulting group to determine what improvements could be made to existing processes to further promote fairness and access.
We know we cannot honor our mission of public protection without being intentional about valuing DEIB among our staff, leadership, and members to better represent the public we serve.
Heritage and History Months
FSBPT celebrates heritage and history months, including the following:
- Black History Month (February)
- Women's History Month (March)
- Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (May)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (June)
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15)
- Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
- American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)