Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Promotion Award

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Promotion Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated excellence in innovation, creativity, and leadership in the promotion of diversity and inclusion. The recipient has exhibited exceptional performance in diversity and inclusion promotion as a change agent and thought leader, made significant contributions to the achievement of diversity and inclusion, and held inspiring leadership roles in nutrition and other health related organizations.

Qualifications

  1. A member of the Academy for a minimum of 5 years.
  2. Has demonstrated excellence in innovation, creativity and leadership in the promotion of diversity and inclusion.
  3. Has exhibited exceptional performance in diversity and inclusion promotion as a change agent and thought leader.
  4. Has made significant contributions to the achievement of diversity and inclusion.
  5. Has held inspiring leadership roles in nutrition and other health-related organizations.

Scoring Criteria

  1. Exceptional performance in diversity (50 points total)
    1. Plays a leading role in the profession of food, nutrition and dietetics as a change agent, adapting food, nutrition and dietetics environments and/or enhancing awareness of the need to promote diversity and cultural competence (10 points)
    2. Serves as a thought leader and recognized advocate for diversity and cultural competence. (10 points)
    3. Sets strategic direction, advances strategies, implements actions and demonstrates outcomes to ensure that goals related to diversity in the nutrition and dietetics profession are achieved (10 points)
    4. Teaches, educates and motivates students, professionals and/or the public on diversity and/or has been a mentor to nutrition and dietetics practitioners of diverse backgrounds (10 points)
    5. Plays a leading role in advancing diversity and cultural competence efforts outside the work setting and outside the Academy, i.e. outside the national, affiliate, district and organizational unit arena. (10 points)
  2. Contributions to the achievement of diversity. (30 points total)
    1. Publications and authored manuals, books and/or documents that assist the nutrition and dietetics practitioner, student or the public in diversity (10 points)
    2. Presentations on diversity given at an advanced level, materials/information are presented in an innovative and creative method (consideration should be given to the audience and/or whether the nominee is the featured speaker and/or invited presenter). (10 points)
    3. Promotion of the registered dietitian nutritionist; nutrition and dietetics technician, registered; and food and nutrition. (10 points)
    4. Media topics are offered in a user-friendly manner and promote diversity in a positive way, and have successfully reached a targeted audience. (10 points)
  3. Leadership achievements in nutrition and other health focused organizations. (20 points total)
    1. District (local), state and national Academy or affiliate offices held should demonstrate the nominee's dedication to the promotion of diversity in practice OR non-Academy elected or appointed offices held should show the nominee's advancement of diversity in nutrition and dietetics practitioners and promotion of diversity in nutrition, dietetics and foodservice. (10 points)
    2. Honors and awards for professional achievements listed support the nominee's high level of professionalism and contribution to diversity. (10 points)