Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity 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 of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity 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.

MIG Member Spotlight

Priyanka Sagar HeadshotPriyanka Sagar

MIG Member, Priyanka Sagar, says “Expose people around you to the positives in your culture if they are open to it and gain insight about theirs!” Read the rest of her interview, including why she joined a MIG.

Click here to learn more about Priyanka

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Events:

ACEND Series of Webinars on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Events:

The Dialogue: Diversity, Dietitians, and Demystifying Difficult Conversations Workshop Follow-Up Meeting
December 15, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
Click here for more information

ACEND’s Leading Efforts to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Nutrition and Dietetics Education Programs
December 16, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST


Cheryl Bacon headshotCheryl Bacon, ACEND board member



Rayane Abusabha headshotRayane Abusabha, ACEND executive director



This presentation will cover:
- Overview of the Academy organizational structure
- Discussion of DEI in the 2022 ACEND Accreditation Standards
- ACEND’s activities to address DEI

- The impact of the graduate degree on student enrollment

Calendar invite and Zoom Link

If you have any questions, please contact IAND diversity liaison, Lisa Arteaga at [email protected]

MIG Resources and Events:

Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics (IND)

Visit the IND website for more info

National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN)

Visit the NOBIDAN website for more info

Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN)

Visit the LAHIDAN website for more info

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

Visit the AAPI website for more info

Cultures of Gender and Age (COGA)

Visit the COGA website for more info

Global Member Interest Group (GMIG)

Visit the GMIT website for more info

Religion Member Interest Group (RMIG)

Visit the RMIG website for more info

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

CLICK HERE for Resources

Want to Join the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee? 

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