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


 Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Presents:

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
Recording will be posted soon!


Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Events:

Supporting and Building Resilience in BIPOC Students and Dietetic Interns

Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 5:00 -6:30 p.m. (Central time)

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



 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)

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


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].