Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ACEND Resources
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.
DEI Noteworthy Practices
ACEND® has begun to identify Noteworthy Nutrition and Dietetics Education Practices on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion among ACEND®-accredited programs. We would like to highlight programs for their DEI noteworthy practices on the ACEND® website. The 2021 due dates for noteworthy practice submissions are July 16, 2021 and October 15, 2021.
Noteworthy practices in the following DEI topic areas are requested:
- Holistic Admissions Process/Procedure
- Recruitment and admission practices that encourage diversity
- Retention practices and program activities that support students/interns with diverse needs
- Training activities for faculty and/or preceptors
- Educational activities in the classroom and/or during supervised practice
- Other activities that promote DEI
Program directors or other individuals associated with an ACEND®-accredited program are asked to complete the submission form of their DEI noteworthy practice and email it to ACEND® for review. Submissions will be reviewed by an ACEND® Board review team and selected entries will be posted.
Email completed submission forms to ACEND@eatright.org with the subject line: DEI Noteworthy Practice Submission. View Noteworthy Practice Rubric used by ACEND’s DEI Task Force.
ACEND Series of Webinars on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Legal and Ethical Admissions Processes that Promote Diversity Webinar
Strengthening the Patient Connection: Deconstructing the Complexity of Racism and Food Webinar
Help all Students to Thrive: An Introduction to Culturally Sustaining Teaching
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.
- NDEP Diversity and Inclusion in Dietetics Webinar
- Combating Unconscious Bias and Preventing Microaggressions: A Professional Duty FNCE 2019 Presentation
- ACEND Microaggression Webinar
- FNCE Session: Beyond the World Foods Course: Diversifying Educational Spaces in Dietetics
This session, held during FNCE, addresses why increased diversity is vital to the success of dietetics students, practitioners, and the profession, and will offer educators and preceptors resources to help them develop strategies to meet ACEND standards, cultivate cultural humility, and foster diversity within their programs.
Speakers: Tamara Melton, MS, RDN and Hannah Thornton, MS, RD, LD
- Session Recording
- Handout: Beyond the World Foods Course Diversifying Educational Spaces in Dietetics Handout
This content is provided for informational purposes only. If you are looking to obtain CPEUs for participation, please see one of the following:
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.
Check back soon for upcoming webinars and resources.