Roots to Wings (RTW) is a transformative co-mentoring pathway program focused on creating avenues for Native Americans and Latinos to enter the STEM and healthcare fields. It involves a collaboration between and among PNWU, Heritage University, the Yakama Nation, and Chief Leschi in Puyallup, Washington. The program pairs osteopathic medical students (OMS) with aspiring young scholars between grades six and twelve attending school districts on the Homelands of the Yakama Nation and other Native American communities in the state of Washington. The medical students are encouraged to develop a mutual mentorship relationship with the Native Americans and Latino students. Medical students serve as co-mentors on an annual basis for 7-months beginning in October and ending in April. Each monthly session is from 5:15pm – 7:30pm. Preparation for each session varies from 1-3 hours. There may also be an opportunity to serve as a co-mentor in a summer program.
The medical students’ c0-mentoring role with their assigned young students are to: develop a safe and trusting relationship; engage in attentive listen; provide a balance between support, challenge, and vision to assist in learning; share personal struggles; study the lesson for each session and be prepared to help the students achieve the goals of the lesson; and participate in cultural immersion events.
The skills needed for the program are: excellent communication; humble attitude; truly caring for the future of the next generation of STEM and healthcare professionals; open mindedness; ability to receive constructive criticism; a desire to learn about other cultures and a respect for them; and a kind and helpful attitude coupled with a tremendous desire to be a flexible team player.
There are multiple possible benefits of the program, they are: a sense of acquiring knowledge and understanding about Native American and Latino cultural values and traditions; interacting with staff, professors, and young students and thus increasing the ability to communicate with others in different roles,; and learning first-hand how to share and receive knowledge across cultures. This form of active learning will impact the way the medical student will be present themselves to those from different backgrounds and cultures.
For further information, we recommend viewing the TEDx Yakima presentation of RTW by Dr. Ramos-Diaz on our website at Roots to Wings Videos. Thank you for your interest in the Roots to Wings Transformative Co-mentoring Program.
Our first RTW session will be held on October 3, 2019 at PNWU in BHH 302 at 5:15PM. Dr. David Acosta, the AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will be the keynote speaker. We will have monthly sessions except for December. The last session will be the graduation ceremony in April 2020. If you have any further questions on the time commitment or the program in general please feel free to contact RTW Program Director Dr. Ramos-Diaz at 509-249-7796 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Program Coordinator Celest Riojas at email@example.com
If you wish to be considered as a co-mentor for this program, please submit your application by September 9, 2019 end of day!