WOC in PT: Evann Slaughter, SPT
Welcome! Today, for the Women of Color in Physical Therapy series, we are featuring Evann Slaughter, SPT. Evann is a first year at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at the school as well. When Evann is not studying, you can catch her at either a practice, coaching and even playing with the girls or in the gym working out and creating content for her series on Instagram, #ModificationMondays or MobilityMondays. Without futher ado, let’s meet Evann!
What moment made you decide to pursue PT?
I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare. After college, the plan was to go to PA school. I realized the summer before applying to PA school that I didn’t...I don’t want to say that I cared about stuff that didn’t have to do with movement and muscles since I cared more about body movements and working out. My other passion is coaching and I thought to myself “What better way to blend coaching and healthcare than physical therapy?” Thus my career path was born.
Was there a certain challenge you had to overcome as a WOC in PT school and/or at a professional setting and how did you overcome it?
Honestly, I haven’t really had a challenge as a WOC in PT school. Maybe I’ll run into some later down the road, but in this first year nothing so far. It probably does help that I go to an HBCU and campus is full of black people(even though my class is 90% non-black).
What advice would you give a fellow WOC trying to break into the PT profession?
I would say just go for it, there are no limits to what you can do! What has really helped me was finding people who looked like me in the field to connect with. There are a few African American female PT students that I’ve connected with and communicate with every week. Grow across. Reach out to people who are going through the same thing as you. That sense of community is something special and that I always try to grow.
What woman/women do you you draw inspiration from?
Shante Cofield. The Movement Maestro. She is, for a lack of better words, a complete and utter bad ass. She’s a WOC who has so much information and is so willing to help people in the PT profession, and honestly, people in general. She has parts of the life I want to make for myself. Follow her on Instagram @themovementmaestro!
In addition to being awesome, what do you like to do in your free time?
Ha free time! No but seriously in addition to PT school, I’m also an assistant volleyball coach here at UMES. So when I’m not studying, I’m usually at practice or lift with my players or talking with the other coaches. Other than that I like to workout and create content for instagram. And do dorky things like watch Let’s Plays on Youtube haha.
Where can we find you on social media?
Thank you so much to Evann for sharing her experience being a woman of color in physical therapy! Be sure to follow her at the social media links posted above. :)
If you are a woman of color involved in the physical therapy world, whether you are just starting as a pre-PT or a practicing PT, I would love to feature you in my WOC in PT series! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for the next series feature, we have an amazingly diverse group in the mix!
Peace, love & blessings,