February is a Time to Celebrate Diversity and Show our Appreciation for our Donors and Volunteers!
The topic of diversity and inclusion is one that is near and dear to my heart, and is one about which I feel a great deal of passion. As a former Chair of the Academy’s Diversity Committee, I applaud the efforts of the Academy to increase diversity in our profession, as well as donors to Foundation scholarships that have that same purpose.
February is Black History Month, and we are especially grateful to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for their generous funding of Diversity Scholarships. This year, thanks to CDR, we were able to provide 20 students with $5,000 scholarships.
We were also able to provide and an additional three students with $500 scholarships through a fund established by The National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) member interest group of the the Academy. The generosity of our donors to the Foundation can help open doors for a student from an under-represented group, who may someday become a leader in our profession, ready to give back as a donor her/himself.
February is also the month where Valentine’s Day falls, and this is a time to say thank-you again to the wonderful Foundation staff, as well as my colleagues on the Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, we are so grateful to those on the Foundation’s Philanthropy Council, and to our many member volunteers who serve on scholarship, award, and grant selection committees.
Finally, to you, our generous donors, we are especially grateful. If you keep up on these Chair’s Messages, you see time and time again all the good work that your selflessness makes possible. If you are looking to get involved with our Foundation, be sure to check out our full list of opportunities.
I know it’s not easy to make decisions about using your discretionary funds for charitable donations, but the positive results of your sacrifice are many, and for which recipients of your sacrifices are most grateful. Please remember the Foundation with a donation when renewing your Academy member dues or donate today! Thank you again for your sacrifices and generosity.
Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND
2017 – 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair