Diversity Mentoring Toolkit

To increase diversity in educational programs, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics developed the Building Our Future Mentor Program Toolkit to assist in mentoring students interested in dietetics careers. The toolkit can be used to raise awareness of dietetics careers and increase the pool of potential students at the K-8 and high school levels, as well as attract students from diverse cultures who have not yet declared a major to consider the dietetics education programs offered at their college or university.

The toolkit was developed to provide models for mentoring African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native students.

Diversity Mentoring Toolkit - Table of Contents


  • Summary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Mentoring Project
  • How to Use This Toolkit
  • Acknowledgements

Section One: Guidelines for All Mentoring Programs

Part 1: Overview of Diversity

  • Diversity in Dietetics
  • Diversity and Mentoring

Part 2: Overview of Mentoring

  • Value of Mentoring
  • Mentor Program Goals
  • Mentor Program Objectives
  • Mentor Program Designs
  • One-on-one
  • Group mentoring
  • Telementoring
  • Elements of Effective Practice
  • Nuts and bolts checklist for mentoring programs
  • How to Select the Best Program for Your Organization
  • Program Staffing
  • Program manager job description
  • Program assistant job description.

Part 3: Recruitment and Screening

  • Marketing Your Program
  • Recruitment Strategy
  • Influential leaders can help with recruitment
  • Additional Resources
  • Sample Script for Recruitment Phone Call
  • Sample Recruitment Flyer
  • Sample Recruitment Letter
  • Eligibility Criteria for Screening Mentors
  • Timing the Screening Process
  • Interview Phase
  • Sample Mentor Profile
  • Sample Interview Formats for Mentors
  • Sample Protégé Profile
  • Sample Interview Formats for Protégés
  • Reference Check Process.
  • Reference Check Format
  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Procedure for Handling Questionable Records
  • Making the Cut

Part 4: Training, Matching and Monitoring

  • Mentors and Protégés
  • Goals for Training
  • How to Use the Training Materials
  • Sample Agenda for Mentor Training Session
  • Handouts - Training Materials for Mentors
  • Sample Agenda for Protégé Training Session.
  • Handouts - Training Materials for Protégé
  • Criteria for Matching Mentors and Protégés
  • The Personality factor
  • Common expectations
  • What about gender?
  • Notifying Mentors and Protégés
  • Sample Match Notification Letter
  • Sample Parental Permission and Waiver of Liability.
  • Monitoring/Support for Mentor/Protégé Pairs
  • Sample Activity Report Form
  • Troubleshooting
  • Terminating Relationships (voluntary and involuntary)
  • Sample Termination Letter

Part 5: Evaluation and Recognition

  • Establishing Measures of Success
  • Documenting Mentor/Protégé Activities.
  • Sample Participant Evaluation Form
  • Measuring Outcomes
  • Mentor Recognition
  • Sample Letter of Recognition.
  • Long-Term Follow Up
  • One-Year Questionnaire

Part 6: Select Resources on Mentoring

  • Texts, Monographs and Journal Publications
  • Websites
  • Community Organizations
  • Sample Timelines for Planning and Implementing a Mentor Program

Section Two: Guidelines for Four Distinct Age Groups

College - Declared Majors

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Challenges for Minority Majors: Student Profiles
  • Assessment of Student’s Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Academic Support
  • Professional Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Handout - Tips for Informational Interviews.
  • Handout - Tips for Job Interviews

College - Undeclared Majors

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Issues for Minority Students: Student Profiles
  • How to Identify and Recruit Potential Dietetics Students.
  • Selecting a Program Design.
  • Assessment of Student’s Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Handout - Challenges in the Freshman and Sophomore Years

High School Students

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Minority Students in High School Today: Student Profiles
  • Assessment of Student’s Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Working with School Administrators
  • Developing Partnerships with Community Groups and Parents
  • Engaging Adolescents in Career Planning
  • Handout - Developmental Aspects of Adolescence
  • Handout - Communicating with Teenagers
  • Handout - Mentors and Parents

K-8 and Community Outreach

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Minority Dietetics Professionals of the Next Generation: Student Profiles
  • Program Design
  • Working Together with School Administrators
  • Developing Partnerships with Community Groups and Parents
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning styles
  • Handout - Developmental Aspects of Children
  • Handout - Classroom Activities

Dietetics Career Recruitment Information

  • Order Form for Brochures and Video