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It foregrounds my academic experience working in community nutrition settings as an educator and advocate, against my professional background coordinating education programs in nonprofits settings. When I chose to return to graduate school at Bastyr University in the field of dietetics, I was convinced of the power that diet and lifestyle wield as preventative and treatment methods for chronic diseases and believed that nutrition was the ideal way to channel my passion for social justice into a challenging, exciting and meaningful career.
From the beginning my career has been rooted in issues of social relevance. After graduating from college I worked in the education department at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, where I trained college interns to apply lessons about prejudice, racism and genocide during the Holocaust to contemporary injustices around the world.
I coordinated a program that sent the interns into public middle and high school classrooms across the Northeast to lead activities and discussions with students from many different backgrounds. Looking back, that experience inspired me to continue working in educational settings with diverse populations.
Since beginning my studies at Bastyr University almost three years ago, I have worked hard to supplement my classroom-based education with direct service in preparation for a career in dietetics. To that end, I became involved with organizations dedicated to fighting hunger and teaching nutrition and I worked to build bridges between my university and the community.
I began volunteering at a local food bank, teaching cooking and nutrition classes for low-income communities and helping to establish a community supported agriculture CSA program. Last summer I became a meal team member for Teen Feed, an organization that provides hot meals and social support to Seattle street youth seven nights a week.
More recently I recruited a group of nutrition students and started a Teen Feed meal team of my own. The event drew nearly attendees, students as well as members of the community, and the very next week our meal team cooked its first dinner for nearly 40 street youth. I am very proud to have successfully initiated and launched an event that will likely become an annual fundraiser, and I also learned along the way that I tend to take on a tremendous amount of work on my own.
In the future I plan to continue my active engagement in community work, but look forward to delegating and sharing responsibilities with others. While these volunteer experiences reflect my interest in community nutrition, I also recognize the importance of public health and advocating for change at the legislative level.
In May of I joined thousands of Seattleites to march on behalf of Healthcare for All and earlier this month I organized a group of students to lobby our legislators together with other Registered Dietitians and the Washington State Dietetic Association in our state capital of Olympia.
In just a few weeks I plan to return to Olympia for Hunger Action Day to support and protect anti-hunger and nutrition assistance programs in the state of Washington. In addition to learning from volunteer and advocacy experiences I have sought training in clinical settings to help me grow as a practitioner.
I spent six months interning for a dietitian in private practice and, now as a student clinician at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, I see patients with metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes and cancer.
That is what makes nutrition a consistently exciting and relevant field. I have been fortunate to study nutrition at Bastyr University, a school of natural medicine with a focus on whole foods based nutrition.
Food is central to all cultures and can so easily foster a sense of community. Recognizing that strength, I hope to harness the power of food to enact social change. Through my volunteer work in community nutrition settings I have seen how important it is to emphasize these values. In this vein, I plan to develop service programs that would empower teams of health educators to create culturally appropriate programs and serve as ambassadors of health and nutrition knowledge within their own communities.
Through the internship I hope to learn the best practices for dietitians, to build cultural competency skills and to successfully pass the Registered Dietitian exam. I aim to advocate, educate and empower communities to enjoy greater access to healthy food and greater awareness of how it can positively impact their lives.
This fusion of community nutrition and social justice would be a meaningful way to spend my career. I hope the University of Michigan Dietetic Internship will be the next step in bringing my vision to life.Application Instructions. Application Deadline. please follow the guidelines for the Personal Statement and the Diversity Statement which are found in the online application).
1. Resume listing any work, education, publications, teaching and research experience. See the Graduate School (Nutrition, Food Science) for the average GRE. Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
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