Diversity Membership Stipend 2024

The Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (WM DPG) wishes to promote membership to students and early career RDNs who identify as members of an underrepresented group, along with offering mentorship from seasoned RDNs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) philosophy encourages diversity and inclusion by striving to recognize and include all individuals. WM DPG is offering membership stipends to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to the WM DPG (up to 14 stipends). In addition, up to five of these stipend recipients will receive structured mentoring from an established WM DPG expert.

Our primary goal is to increase diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in the WM DPG by addressing barriers that prevent minority dietetic students and early career RDNs from accessing resources for success in the profession. We have received a grant to assist with recruitment and development of this program to provide Academy and WM DPG membership stipends and mentorship to students and early career RDNs of underrepresented groups. 

Upon award of the stipends, five selected recipients will be assigned to a mentor cohort. Mentees are expected to invest at least one hour per month in this relationship throughout the 2024-2025 Academy fiscal year. All communication will be done electronically and at the convenience of the mentor and mentee.

While it is not required, we encourage any stipend recipient to participate in the WM DPG’s IDEA committee.

Applications are due June 30, 2024.

Recipients will be announced by mid-July. Thank you for your interest.

Please direct questions to WM DPG IDEA Liaison, Cicely Thomas, at cicelythomasmedrdld@gmail.com.  

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