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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

ACEND® will not tolerate any instances of inequity nor discrimination in our nutrition and dietetics education programs.

The links below provide information and resources to assist nutrition and dietetics faculty and preceptors on the topic of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). ACEND is in the process of developing a library of reputable educational materials on DEI. This page will be updated on a regular basis with new resources. If you need further assistance, please contact ACEND Staff.

Upcoming Webinars

Save the Date: November 19, 2024. Registration information will be posted closer to the event.

2022 Accreditation Standards DEI Webinar Series (2024)

ACEND encourages programs to use the following webinar series for program faculty and preceptors to meet the 2022 Accreditation Standards for Standard 5, Required Elements 5.2 and 5.3.

Empowering Dietetics Students Navigating Microaggressions & Advocacy in Academic Settings

CPE certificates provided for attending the live webinar only

ACEND Series of Webinars on DEI (2020-2023)

ACEND offers a series of webinars to address diversity, equity and inclusion in its accredited programs. The webinars are free and some provide 1-1.5 CPEUs each. All ACEND constituents (faculty, administrators, preceptors, students, interns, etc.) are invited to view.

Academy Member Interest Group Panel Discussion: Strategies to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Dietetics Education

Closing Equity Gaps in Higher Education: Lessons for Leveling the Playing Field for All Students

Help all Students to Thrive: An Introduction to Culturally Sustaining Teaching

Legal and Ethical Admissions Processes that Promote Diversity Webinar

Strengthening the Patient Connection: Deconstructing the Complexity of Racism and Food Webinar

Supporting and Building Resilience in BIPOC Students and Dietetic Interns

Supporting our LGBTQ Students and Dietetic Interns

Unconscious Bias


Holistic Admission Resources

Improving diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education is a complex issue that requires strong leadership and thoughtful and comprehensive changes. Below, find resources about implementing a holistic admissions process that is fair and inclusive.

LGBTQ Resources

Following is a list of resources to support our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) students, interns, faculty, preceptors and patients/clients.

Recorded Sessions

Articles and Books

  • How to Challenge Systematic Racism
    This article offers short-and-long term steps that higher education administrators and faculty can take to make incremental and transformative changes on campus and in the classroom.
  • Won't Lose this Dream
    This book describes Georgia State University's journey to become the national leader at eliminating achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and income.

Website Links

Check back soon for upcoming webinars and resources.

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