Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are especially beneficial to the field of nutrition because we serve a diverse client base. In order to effectively serve our community, it is necessary for this diversity to be reflected among our practicing professionals. Check out the following groups and organizations who work to provide the necessary resources to keep practicing professionals informed about topics related to DEI:
Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD): Nutrition/dietetics students, interns, and professionals doing the work to improve DEI in dietetics.
Diversify Dietetics: Provides a community for students, professionals, and educators dedicated to increasing ethnic and racial diversity in the nutrition and dietetics profession.
Dietitians for Change: Dietitians and nutrition professionals, nutrition and dietetics technicians, and dietetics and nutrition students seeking organizational change.
Eat Well Exchange: Teaching nutrition, gardening and cooking with cultural representation
Eat Well Global: Empowering global change agents in food and nutrition.
FoodCorps: Connects kids to healthy, cultural-representative food in schools.
Inclusive Dietetics: RDs and researchers increasing awareness of the lack of DEI in dietetics and providing suggestions of how we can all work to create a more diverse profession.
Food + Wellness Equity Collective (F+WEC): Providing a community and resources for wellness professionals seeking to stimulate industry change
National Farm to School Network (NF2SN): Enriching the connection communities have with fresh, healthy, socially-responsible food and local food producers at schools and early care and education settings.
AND groups: NOBIDAN, GMIG, IND MIG, AAPI MIG, RMIG, LAHIDAN, and COGA.
Follow these organizations for regular resources that will expand your understanding of DEI in Dietetics and better your cultural-responsiveness, as it relates to nutrition practices. Written by: Vanessa Perez (she/her), SDA DEI Student Representative (Edited by: Allie Lansman (she/her), IAND DEI Liaison)