Diversity and Inclusion

The Academy encourages diversity and inclusion 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.

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Strategic Plan Diversity and Inclusion Impact Goals

  • Establish infrastructure and resources to achieve optimal and sustainable IDEA outcomes
  • Increase recruitment, retention and completion of nutrition and dietetics education and leadership at all levels for underrepresented groups
  • Cultivate organizational and professional values of equity, respect, civility and anti-discrimination
  • Advance food and nutrition research, policy and practice through a holistic IDEA lens

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The Academy is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion throughout the nutrition and dietetics profession, as well as creating educational and work environments free from bias and discrimination.

Below are highlights of diversity and inclusion projects and initiatives of Academy dietetic practice groups, member interest groups, Academy and affiliates, as well as resources to assist nutrition and dietetics practitioners in meeting the needs of all clients and colleagues with the goal of improving equity and access for everyone. Read the latest updates from all organizational units at the Academy, meet the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, learn about D&I grants and scholarships, share your stories, and more.

Diversity and Inclusion Spotlights

Learn about D&I projects from the Academy, its organizational units and affiliates as they share their insights and experiences — serving as inspiration for other initiatives, developing collaborative relationships and demonstrating that together, we can achieve the Academy's diversity and inclusion impact goals.

Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG

In 2020, the DBC Leadership Team launched the DBC Diversity and Inclusion Communications Program, which provides members with essential tools and education to recognize, value, and effectively address the needs of various audiences, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, race, age, body size/image, capability (rather than disability), religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geography, education and philosophy.

Program Components To-Date

New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In 2020, the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) appointed a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Liaison to plan and facilitate D&I outreach and initiatives that meet Academy and NYSAND strategic plans, promotes and increases representation of diverse individuals in the profession and increases cultural competency of its members. Additionally, NYSAND districts have appointed diversity positions and hosted events to further advance D&I efforts on the local level.

Program Components To-Date

  • Inclusion and Diversity: How YOU Can Increase Diversity and Inclusion in the Field of Nutrition and Dietetics: Virtual webinar led by Naudia Jones, RD, CDN (she/her) and Jane Calvert, RD (they/them) to help dietitians and nutrition professionals develop skills to foster a more inclusive environment for students, interns, and colleagues from diverse communities while examining personal biases and how this impacts working with diverse communities.
  • Academy D&I Mini-Grant: These funds will be used to provide full membership scholarships and scholarships to NYSAND's annual meeting for students, RDNs and NDTRs from underrepresented groups in dietetics and to conduct member surveys.
  • Virtual Meetup & Workshop: A meet and greet event and workshop to discuss D&I and its future in NYSAND and the profession.
  • NYSAND DEI Committee: Comprised of students, RDNs and retired RDNs from underrepresented groups in dietetics who will help carry out D&I efforts.
  • Spotlight on Diversity: Column in NYSAND's monthly newsletter that highlights D&I outreach and initiatives across New York State.
  • Greater New York Dietetic Association's (GNYDA) Mary Swartz Rose Memorial Lecture: This lecture, entitled "Nutrition Considerations of Gender Affirming Therapies in the Transgender Community," was led by Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, FAND, who discussed nutrition care and interventions for the transgender community.
  • GNYDA Diversity Roundtable event: This virtual event moderated by Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN and Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD, CDN, featured a panel discussion on diversity, why it's important, actionable steps that can be taken and more. Panelists include Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, CDCES, ACE-CPT and Kameron Rowe, MS, RDN, CDN.
  • Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association's (WRDA) 2019 Clinical Update: WRDA's 2019 Clinical Update event entitled "Diversity and Cultural Considerations in Nutrition" featured four speakers who spoke on the importance of diversity in nutrition.
  • WRDA Student Career Panel Video: In April 2021, WRDA hosted its 4th Annual Student Career Panel, which introduces high school and college students in Westchester and Rockland counties to the nutrition profession. The event's goal was to demonstrate and encourage D&I within the field.
  • Long Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (LIAND) webinar: This webinar, entitled "Believing Children are Our Future: Serving Equity and Impartiality with Child Meals," was led by Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND, who discussed Social Determinants of Health and how systemic racism impacts equity and the behaviors and mindsets of those we serve.

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