Diversity Awards and Grants

The Academy values and respects the diverse viewpoints and individual differences of all people. The Academy's mission and vision are most effectively realized through the promotion of a diverse membership that reflects the cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, geographical, political, educational, experiential and philosophical characteristics of the public it services. The Academy actively identifies and offers opportunities to individuals with varied skills, talents, abilities, ideas, disabilities, backgrounds and practice expertise.

Academy Diversity (definition):
Diversity recognizes and respects differences in culture, ethnicity, age, gender, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, politics and socioeconomic characteristics.

In accordance with the objectives and strategies of the Academy's Diversity Strategic Plan, the Academy offers the following awards and grants to support the diverse growth of the profession.

  • Diversity Mini-Grants

    The Academy's Diversity Mini-Grants provide $100 - $1,000 grants to support Affiliate outreach to students and professionals from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession.

  • Diversity Promotion Grant

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Diversity Promotion Grant provides $10,000 to support minority recruitment and retention projects by accredited dietetic education programs.

  • Diversity Leaders Program

    In accordance with the Academy's strategic vision and mission, the Diversity Leaders Program supports Active members from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. Four leaders are selected to participate in a two-year leadership program and are provided mentorship, leadership training and networking.

  • Diversity Action Award

    A $1,000 award is given to an educational institution, Affiliate dietetic association, dietetic practice group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments unless the Diversity Committee determines that there is no program that merits the award.