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The Department of Nutrition was awarded a Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (POHA) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition professionals around the country serve a diverse population. However, approximately 91% of RDNs are white females. The POHA-Denver grant focuses on encouraging students from diverse backgrounds and those with interest in serving diverse populations, to pursue post-baccalaureate study here at MSU Denver.
At MSU Denver, the POHA-Denver Program aims to diversify the field of nutrition and dietetics through many avenues including:
Meet the members of the POHA team!
As part of the POHA-Denver grant, the Department of Nutrition offers students enrolled in a nutrition graduate program at MSU Denver the opportunity to apply for an annual $5,000 POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition scholarship or stipend program.
The POHA-Denver grant provides both scholarship and stipend opportunities for students. POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition stipends are tied to graduate research assistant positions in the Department of Nutrition. Research assistants provide support for study design, data collection, data entry, report writing and other various research tasks. Research assistants must demonstrate leadership and self-starter characteristics. The Department of Nutrition also employs graduate students as teaching assistants but through another application avenue. For questions about teaching assistant opportunities, please contact [email protected]. The following application is ONLY for graduate research assistant positions. Graduate research assistants for POHA-Denver typically work 10-20 hours per week and are paid a stipend for their work ($5,000 per academic year or $2,500 per term). The following questions must be answered as part of the stipend application:
POHA-Denver hosted the Second Annual Nutrition Diversity Conference: Cultural Humility Insights & Strategies for Inclusive Care & Education. We invited you to learn from nutrition professionals in action. Nutrition experts provided education and insight on diversity measures and cultural humility in the field. Thank you all for attending!
Save the Date for our 3rd Annual MSU Denver-POHA Nutrition Diversity Conference!
September 8th, 2023
If you are interested in being a sponsor please inquire below to get in contact with our POHA Grant Program Coordinator.
Stay tuned for more information on our Spring 2023 POHA Guest Speaker Series!
POHA-Scholars are diverse graduate students within the Department of Nutrition who have been awarded the POHA Scholarship/Stipend and have an interest in serving diverse populations. POHA-Scholars are part of the POHA-Scholar’s Program that provides specialized advising, financial education, tutoring opportunities, mentorship, financial assistance, research assistance opportunities and access to specialized workshops.
The POHA Scholar Program begins in late-August and ends in mid-May; the program is the length of the full academic year.
Yes! Applications open in March for the following academic year.
POHA-Scholars will be expected to:
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For more information on the POHA-Denver Diversity Grant, please contact the Department of Nutrition. Click below to send us an email!Email Us
Department of Nutrition
West Classroom 240
8:00am – 5:00pm
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362