The Deaton Scholars Program (DSP)

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To embody the spirit of the idea of university, the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute is dedicated to nurturing universal sharing and application of knowledge to combat hunger and poverty locally and globally. To do so, the institute supports students, who are the most important agents of change, through The Deaton Scholar Program (DSP) which facilitates mentorship among Mizzou students  in various ways: students-project development, learning events around global food security and poverty, participation in national and international research applied conferences  on local and global food insecurity.

The DSP program has been launched by the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute. The idea of the program emerged after Chancellor Emeritus Brady Deaton and professor Anne Deaton visited the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS). After giving a brief background information about the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute,  its leaders expressed the Institute’ s commitment to programs and activities which would empower students to contribute to solve food security issues by harnessing their disciplinary backgrounds.

One idea which was collectively embraced is to design a program through which under/graduate students have access to mentorship opportunities that would lead to concrete application of their knowledge and interests in global and local food security issues.

The power of the Deaton Scholars Program lies in its constant inclusion of students’ feedback to adapt the program to the diverse needs of Mizzou students. Though the program focuses on mentorship, it has developed three types of mentorship so far:

Mentor-protégé : gives opportunities to both mentors and proteges to hone their skills by sharing experiences and searching for opportunities to realize their full potential on/off campus. The program seeks to both enhance the mentors’ skills by putting them into practice, and protege’s skills by providing ways and resources to hone and apply them.

Peer mentorship: To address the limitation of Mentor-protégé relationship  experienced by some participants, namely lack of volition to fully embrace working with one another given absence of prior interaction, the DSP supported pairs with common interests to work together as peer mentors. The DSP facilitation of Peer mentorship uses experiential learning activities and low challenge activities to encourage students to get insight into each other’s skills and assets.

Collective Peer mentorship: given that combating global challenges,such as food insecurity requires collective efforts, the DSP currently supports groups of three to five students to develop synergies to build a local project. Students committed to building projects that contribute to address a food insecurity issue, were granted financial and logistical support to implement their projects. The DSP support is process-based: Collective peer mentorship groups are supported throughout the semester to build harmonious relations among group members, develop feasible projects, and connect them with local partners to ensure the sustainability and relevance of their project.