Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access 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, educational, ethnic, experiential, gender, geographical, philosophical, physical, political, racial, religious, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic characteristics of the public it services. The Academy actively identifies and offers inclusive opportunities to individuals with varied abilities, backgrounds, ideas, practice expertise, skills, and talents.

Academy IDEA Statement

The Academy encourages inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) by striving to recognize, respect and include differences in ability, age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, and socioeconomic characteristics in the nutrition and dietetics profession.

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

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Mini-Grants

    The Academy's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Mini-Grants provide $100 - $1,000 grants to support Academy affiliate, DPG and MIG outreach to students and professionals from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. These mini-grants are only open to Diversity and Inclusion Liaisons. Please connect with your affiliate, DPG, or MIG to inquire about becoming its IDEA Liaison.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Leaders Program

    In accordance with the Academy's strategic vision and mission, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access 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.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access 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 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee determines that there is no program that merits the award.