Spotlight Session Title: Growing Together: Diversifying Dietetics Through Mentoring
Date: Tuesday October 29 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Speakers: Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RDN & Deanna Belleny, MPH, RDN
In this session we will present themes from the body of literature on the role of mentoring in fostering relationships which support professional advancement and in contributing to the recruitment and retention of diverse practitioners. We will discuss the Academy's current and historical acknowledgement of the role of mentoring as a mechanism to support and promote diversity in the dietetics professions. Attendees will be engaged through polling case study examples and other interactive activities to share insight on the challenges and barriers to entering a mentoring relationship and the value they perceive mentoring provides to both parties. The speakers will then present a case study on a structured mentoring program targeted towards supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds in dietetics. The session will conclude with an interactive action planning activity to equip each attendee with specific steps to initiate a mentoring relationship after attending this session.