As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is hosting the 3rd annual College Diabetes Week November 14-18. We want people across the diabetes community to get involved and follow along during the week. College Diabetes Week was an idea brought to life by our amazing Student Advisory Committee (SAC) members in 2014.
As the week arrives, you can follow along with the week’s activities by checking out #cdw16, following us on social media, watching for posts in this event, or by visiting our blog where we will be posting daily updates on chapter events.
There are multiple ways to get involved even if you aren’t in a chapter or in college. This year we created ways for individuals to get involved! We’ll post opportunities here as well.
Some ways you can get involved-
- Use our topics to blog or post on social media-
-MONDAY: Share the hardest thing about diabetes and college. Don’t be afraid to talk about the things that are taboo, like mental health or burn out.
-TUESDAY: Share your triumphs! How have you tackled the challenges you’ve faced relating to diabetes and college? What did college and diabetes teach you as a person?
-WEDNESDAY: Post a selfie or a picture of day-to-day life and how diabetes impacts it!
-THURSDAY: Why is CDN important? Share the impact of connecting with other young adults with T1D.
-FRIDAY: What is the most important advice you would give to students with diabetes and/or their parents preparing for college? What advice would you give clinicians who work with young adults?
You can join our CDN Chapters for the first Chapter Fundraising Campaign. Chapter leaders voted on what program they wanted to fund, and our goal is for our Chapters to help us raise $50,000 by May 1, 2017 to create a new program for Newly Diagnosed Young Adults. We plan to host a focus group to get feedback from young adults who were diagnosed between the ages of 18-25, create a guide that can be distributed to any young adult when they are newly diagnosed with T1D, a video series of students talking about their own experiences and tips with diabetes, and a mentorship program.
If you’d like any more information about the week, or would like to know more ways to get involved, please contact Mindy Bartleson, Program Assistant, at email@example.com