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A Message from the President

Welcome to the 2021-2022 CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

President’s Message

 Welcome to the 2021-2022 year for the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I am Monica McCorkle, your president for this coming year.  Thank you all for your confidence in myself, the Executive Board, and Executive Director to lead our member driven, professional organization as we continue the work to continue our mission to: ‘Empower California dietetic professionals to be science and evidence-based food and nutrition experts, who demonstrate inclusivity in leadership and practice.’ And our vision: ‘Optimize California’s health through food, nutrition, cultural understanding, and health equality.’

Our goals for this year’s CA Academy is twofold:

  • ‘All members have a voice.’
  • ‘Communication with kindness, respect and dignity are keys to a strong and vital CA Academy.’

We, the Executive Board, Executive Director, and I, desire that all members to feel that they are able to reach out to anyone of us and let us know how we are doing, how we can improve, and what you feel you need as a member of the CA Academy.  Whether you are a student/intern member or professional member, we are here for you.  Please speak up because we want and welcome your voice.

We welcome all voices.  We (all members who make up the CA Academy) come from diverse walks of life, cultures, ethnicities, professional career paths, families of origin, and so much more.  Disagreements with decisions, with opinions, and how the Academy is run are expected and welcome.  How we communicate is so important!  It is imperative that we treat each other as the other wants and desires to be treated and with kindness and respect.  As we speak our voices, we welcome passion, enthusiasm, power, and joyful discussion.  We are all dietetic professionals; but we are unique individuals with differences in our wants, needs, desires, and opinions. Let us all agree to allow everyone to speak our minds and to do this with the utmost respect and kindness for each other.  Life is meant to be vibrant, alive, and full of special moments.  Our CA Academy is only as great as all of our members.  Let us all work together to be the best we can be, appreciating and celebrating our differences and similarities with kindness and respect.

The CA Academy has powerful, dedicated members who are passionate, caring, and kind professionals.  To treat each other with respect and kindness even when we disagree with each other on different points of view is imperative.  Our decisions and the outcomes of the actions that we choose are essential to the vitality and greatness of our CA Academy.

We started the year with the process of creating out three-year strategic plan with three basic goals to achieve during our Executive Board retreat in June.  These include:

Goal 1: California dietetic professionals (RDNs/NDTRs) are integral and trusted team members in providing health, food, and nutrition services.

Goal 2: Increase diversity in Dietetic Professionals (RDN/NDTRs) in California by promoting inclusivity, equity, and advancement of our members.

Goal 3: The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics improves the health of Californians. and positively impacting the health of our communities.

Today is the day after the 4th of July Celebration of the USA’s Independence from England.  As I wrote this sentence, I wanted to ensure I am writing actual events of our Independence Day.  In my brief research, I found that Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 – July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence.  John Adams, in his writings,  noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but was not actually signed until August 2.  Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.  Some fun facts about the birth of our nation.  Today would not be a celebration without our history as we learn from our past and build a strong future as a nation, we are able to speak our voices without fear, be free and independent.

Yesterday I celebrated the 4th by cycling to the beach, as I sat on the boardwalk with my dear partner, watching people, enjoying the celebrations with a little music, we met a couple from Brazil on the bench next to us and became great friends.  I bought a couple of cool pair of sunglasses from the Tunisian salesman who had great stories to tell about life in the Tunisian school system, and the young, passionate Asian woman named Annie, who came over to talk to the people in the booth across from us.  The booth was selling American flags, flags that support the police, the fire department, and federal workers, with strong signs in support of Trump in 2024 and not so nice signs against President Biden and Governor Newsome.  I am not sure why she chose me to speak with, perhaps it was the extra, large glass of hard lemonade that she carried with her, or the fact she worked for a government agency.  Annie wanted to find out more information from the folks in the booth.  We worked on some great opened ended questions to ask.  She was not sure she wanted to engage with them, I enjoyed our conversation and hearing her point of view.  Our Independence ensured our ability to speak our minds freely, to share our opinions without worry of imprisonment or condemnation.  Living in California, we are blessed with people from all parts of the world and I realized that my day was filled with diversity in action.  I am especially blessed for the ability to be a part of this Celebration of Independence.  We, as a country and as a world have a long way to go to be inclusive and equity to people of all background  I know, with all my heart, that the CA Academy can be a great leader in this charge – with your help!

I am so grateful to be your president for the 2021-2022 year.  I want to thank Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard and the 2020-2021 Executive Board for leading us through a tumultuous year as the world endured the great COVID-19 pandemic; and as a country, we had much civil unrest as Black Lives Matters and the call for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of our professional, political, and person lives, which rang out loud, clear, and consistent.  These events changed the world in a minute, changing much of the CA Academy’s strategic direction – to focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) as a priority.

With the leadership of the Executive Board and Dr. Chen-Maynard, the CA Academy:

  • Appointed a new VP Members Benefits and Services after the elected VP moved to a different state.
  • Initiated the implementation of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Process with open forums with district leaders and CA Academy members/non-members for their input for ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.
  • Establishment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council to be implemented in 2021-22 fiscal year.
  • Updated the CA Academy’s policy and procedures to include inclusion, equity, and access in each of the Councils to diversify the organization and profession.

The Executive Board’s intentions/goals for this year are to continue to strengthen the I.D.E.A. Council with inclusion, equity, and access within each of the CA Academy’s Councils, not just on paper; but in actively working to have these concepts embedded into the fiber of the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  We need the help and input of all our members as we work to make this a reality.  If you would like to help build this important Council, please let us hear from you!  Join the council, help to lead the Council in becoming a strong, important voice for all our members. You may contact the interim VP of I.D.E.A. Council, Dorothy Chen-Maynard at pastpresident@dietitian.org if you wish to be a member of the Council or to provide suggestions.  We want to hear from you!!

As we start the new year, I want also to draw your attention to the changes that the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics proposing to make changes in the governance of the Academy.  Two issues are being discussed:

  1. The Board of Directors is requesting a vote (2/3rds majority needed) from the members of the House of Delegates (HOD) to allow the Board of Directors to be able to make changes in the by-laws of the Academy.  (Any changes in by-laws require approve by the House of Delegates).
  2. ‘Reimagining’ the governance of the Academy – The proposal will eliminate the HOD and there is a proposal to reformat a different way of representation and governance for the members.

The CA Academy has sent out a communication regarding these moves and we need your voices to let the Academy know how you want them to proceed.  Please: CLICK HERE FOR AND GOVERNANCE PROPOSAL AND MEMBER INPUT to let your voices be heard.

The members of HOD are meeting at the end of July to vote on this matter.  Please let your Delegates know how you would like them to vote for you.  You can find the name of your Delegate and contact information:  CLICK HERE FOR CA DELEGATES INFORMATION.

If you are a member of a DPG or MIG, please contact your DPG/MIG Delegate to let them know your opinion and how you want them to vote in this matter.  You can find Delegate information here!  https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates.

Your Executive Board, Executive Director and I look forward to a constructive and event filled year.  We need your help and input to do be the best we can.  We are calling all members to action to make this happen.  *If you want/desire/ to be an active part of the CA Academy, in helping us to make a difference in the lives of Californians and for our members, please volunteer!  We have so many opportunities for you to be a part of!  As a member driven organization, we need your voice, support, and participation.  https://dietitian.org/contact-us/

We, the CA Academy, looks forward to hearing from all of you and working towards a stronger, healthier California, with the power and efforts of our members.

With much gratitude,

Monica J. McCorkle, MS, RDN, CDCES, NBC-HWC

President, CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2021-2022

 

 

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