Student Spotlight

IMG_0715 (002)Mark Ravinsky began attending Kean University in 2012 after transferring from Brookdale Community College. He entered as a psychology major, but knew he wanted to ultimately attend Kean’s occupational therapy program. Mark graduated from Kean University in 2014, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Psychology. In fall of the same year, he started the Masters occupational therapy program at Nathan Weiss Graduate College. According to him, the next three years changed him in the best ways possible. Within the program, Mark received an incredible amount of opportunities to better himself as a student, researcher, leader, and person. One of the most rewarding experiences for Mark was serving as part of a team of student researchers and program facilitators in two implementations of the Let’s Go community mobility program. Let’s Go is an occupational therapy community mobility program designed and implemented by Claire Mulry, OTD to support older adults’ ability to age in place. Mark presented on Let’s Go at two state and two national occupational therapy conferences between 2015 and 2017. Additionally, Mark and his team were selected as part of the 10% of applicants to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2016 Meeting in Berkeley, California, where they made a commitment to action to deliver the Let’s Go program on a larger scale. Mark describes the experience as incredibly inspiring; he found himself in the presence of leaders, activists, and innovators. Some were known, and seen on a stage: Bill and Chelsea Clinton; Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.net; Catherine Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Salman Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy; Congressman John Lewis; and many more. Others were less known, no less inspiring, and found at every turn at the conference. In 2017, Mark, Julian De Martinis, Chrissy Papetti, and Claire Mulry were published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The article is entitled “Facilitating Wellness in Urban-Dwelling, Low-Income Older Adults Through Community Mobility: A Mixed-Methods Study”. Mark is excited to be returning to the CGIU in this year’s installment of the meeting, though this time as a mentor to the new Let’s Go student team.