Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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.

Illinois Academy Diversity Committee Mission Statement

The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics aims to amplify the diverse voices of our profession. We support our community members by creating an environment that encompasses individuals from all backgrounds, ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, experiences, and abilities. We do this by increasing outreach to students to promote our profession, provide support to current dietetic students, strengthen connections between dietetics professionals, and strive to improve the well-being of all the communities we serve.

Committee Showcase:

The Illinois Academy Diversity Committee was established in 2020. Committee activities include monthly meetings, community outreach events, and scholarship opportunities.

MIG Student Member Spotlight

Elizabeth Gutierrez
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Click here to learn more about Elizabeth


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Events:

ACEND Series of Webinars on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Resources: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/about-acend/diversity-equity-and-inclusion
Presentation: "Legal and Ethical Admissions Processes that Promote Diversity"
Presenter: Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN
Date: June 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Flyer: Click here

Registration: Click here

Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Events:

Presentation: "MIGs Panel Discussion on Support for RDs and RDs-To-Be"
PresentersAarti Batavia MS, RDN, CLT, CFSP, IFMCP, June M. Thompson, RDN, FAND, Janice Chow, MS, RD, Aurora Buffington, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time7:00 PM - 8:15 PM CST


Illinois Department of Public Health Events:

Title: Diversity in Health Care Task Force Meeting
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
More Information: Click here
Join meeting via Webex: 
Meeting number: 133 153 2024
Password: cxDxBjKW265Join by phone

+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 133 153 2024


Title: Raising Dietary Representation Podcast
Get in touch: [email protected]

FlyerClick here


MIG Resources and Events: (as of 04/28/21)

Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics (IND)

Presentation:  “Decoding Success without Stress: The Power of Breath”
Presenter: Dr Sarita Patel MD
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST


National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN)

Presentation: RD Exam Prep study sessions for students
Date: To begin June 2021 


Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN)

LAHIDAN FNCE Student Scholarship - deadline: April 30, 2021


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

AAPI Student Scholarship - deadline: April 30, 2021



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

CLICK HERE for DEI Resources


Want to Join the IAND Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee?

Tina Lam


If you want to learn more about the committee or would like to participate, please contact our Diversity Liaison, Tina Lam, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES at [email protected]