COGA MIG Leader Mentoring Program for DPD Graduate Students
Not Pursuing a Dietetic Internship
The Cultures of Gender and Age (COGA) Member Interest Group (MIG) was funded by an Academy Membership Outreach Grant 2021 to conduct its program titled “COGA MIG Leader Mentoring Program for DPD Graduate Students Not Pursuing a Dietetic Internship.” The goal of this virtual program is to provide mentoring by COGA leaders to ten (10) DPD graduates who are not pursuing a dietetic internship to help equip them to become future service leaders in the Academy at the national, affiliate, and/or district/regional level. Each of the 10 participants will gain experience volunteering within COGA for 9 months (September 2021–May 2022). The time commitment per participant is about 5 hours per month (45 hours total). Applicants must complete this survey including the last item which is to write a short essay on the importance of service leaders in the dietetic profession, and how the applicant will foster service leadership in the Academy at the national, affiliate, and/or district/regional level. Applicants from diverse groups are especially encouraged to apply!
Roles and Responsibilities of Participants:
Each of the 10 participants will select from the following 10 interest areas within COGA to create their COGA leader–mentor experience: Past-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Nominating/Awards, Professional Development, Diversity/Inclusion, Newsletter, Website, House of Delegates’ Delegate and Networking. Each participant will rank their top 5 interest areas. The COGA Membership Chair will create a schedule to allow each participant to gain 3 months of training in each of 3 of their top 5 interest areas. Each participant will be required to:
- attend the COGA Executive Committee monthly virtual meetings,
- post a summary of each 3-month training period to the COGA Discussion Board (3 posts total),
- complete an electronic Leader–Mentor Diary for each month to indicate the interest area, hours completed, activities, and one key point to remember, and
- submit their Leader–Mentor Diary by June 1, 2022.
Each participant will have their Academy student membership dues paid (or reimbursed) for one year ($58 value) and COGA MIG student membership dues paid (or reimbursed) for one year ($5 value) for a total value of $63 per participant. More importantly, each participant will obtain inclusive connections in COGA; meet and network with dietetic professionals across gender, age, and lived experience; and receive professional leadership training which will be useful on their dietetic internship applications.
July 15, 2021 is the deadline to apply. Participants will be notified by email by July 31, 2021.
Participants must agree to the roles and responsibilities described previously, and to have their names and possibly photos shared, for example, in the COGA e-newsletter, COGA social media, and COGA website, and with the Academy (for payment of student dues).
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