Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Condemns Hate, Violence, and Xenophobia Against AAPI-America

The Board and Council from the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics condemns the numerous acts of hate and violence against Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI)-Americans related to xenophobic responses to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics denounces the murder of unarmed AAPI American women as a result of racist, white supremacist ideologies deeply rooted in our culture and systemic prejudice focused on those who identify as part of the AAPI community. As a profession dedicated to health and well-being through positive nutrition, we acknowledge inequities in nutrition exist, in part, because of these racist policies and practices. In order for us to best aid diversity in our communities, we need to support and encourage diversity in our profession. The Iowa Academy believes representation matters, and change starts with us. Over the course of the traumatic events that occurred in 2020, and now 2021, we remain steadfast, standing beside our members who identify as APPI American and Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). As a professional community, we do not support the systemic inequities within the United States leading to racial and ethnic disparities in health and nutrition. We also recognize our organization’s own shortfalls in diversity and inclusion among our Iowa leadership. Our members, and the diverse communities they represent, are important to us. The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will continue to do better and strive to create an environment embracing inclusion and encouraging diversity among our profession that is representative of the communities we serve. We challenge our members to do the same. #StopAsianHate Here are professional organizations and groups to follow, striving to make dietetics an inclusive and responsive space for all: Diversify Dietetics Eat Well Exchange Inclusive Dietetics Dietitians for Change Dietitians for Food Justice Food & Wellness Equity Collective IAND D&I Statement

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