Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. Access. and Dietetics!

Welcome to the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access page developed for our members to find helpful resources. The IDEA committee is led by Lisa Artega and Jade Hamann. Two strong women with diverse backgrounds of their own. The committee is always looking for new members to join our virtual meetings to help make a difference. We are very proud to have the support of these two great dietitians as they work to share with members all the best there is on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. The IDEA committee's primary goal is to promote a more inclusive and equitable environment among Illinois dietitians.

Illinois Academy's IDEA Statement

The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) 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.

Member Interest Groups (MIGs)

Member Interest Groups are groups of Academy members who have a common interest. Unlike dietetic practice groups or affiliates, member interest groups focus on areas other than the practice of dietetics or geographic location. As divisions of the national organization, MIGs reflect the many characteristics of the Academy's membership and the public it serves.

Student eatrightPREP® for the RDN Exam Scholarship

Are you an Illinois Academy dietetic student member ready to sit for the RDN exam? Do you have a unique background and are eager to embark on a journey toward becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist? The Student RDN Exam Preparation & Empowerment Scholarship Program aims to support diverse individuals in pursuing excellence in nutrition and dietetics. This scholarship offers funding to cover the eatrightPREP® Examination Preparation Tool registration fees, providing you with the resources and support necessary to excel in your studies and take the RDN exam. 

Illinois Academy dietetic student members must be in the final months of their dietetic internship and/or have completed their dietetic internship and must commit to taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians within three months of starting the RDN student preparation materials, share simulated RDN exam score and final RDN exam passing status within one month after completing the eatrightPREP® program and complete a program evaluation post participation. 

Interested in joining the committee? 

Jade Hamann (pictured left) and Lisa Artega (pictured right)

 Contact us at [email protected]


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Resources

Updated May 2024