Academy Programs: Diversity

Diversity at the Academy
The Academy values and respects the diverse viewpoints and individual differences of all people. The Academy's mission and vision are most effectively realized through the promotion of a diverse membership that reflects cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, geographical, political, educational, experiential and philosophical characteristics of the public it services. The Academy actively identifies and offers opportunities to individuals with varied skills, talents, abilities, ideas, disabilities, backgrounds and practice expertise. Through the Academy’s commitment to diversity, several awards and leadership opportunities are offered,  
Diversity Awards
Diversity Action Award
A $1,000 award to a dietetics educational program accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy Affiliate, dietetic practice group or member interest group in recognition of past accomplishments to successfully recruit and retain diverse individuals. Available annually.
Diversity Mini-Grants
Diversity Mini-Grants provide $100 - $1,000 grants to support outreach by Diversity Liaisons to students and professionals from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. Outreach could include cultural competency educational session as well as membership recruitment. Only recognized Diversity Liaisons may apply.
Diversity Promotion Grant
The Promotion Grant provides a $10,000 grant to support minority recruitment and retention projects by dietetic education programs accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), dietetic practice groups, Academy Affiliates and member interest groups. This award is provided every other year on even years.

Leadership Opportunities
Diversity Leaders Program
The Diversity Leaders Program supports Active members from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. In accordance with the Academy’s strategic vision and mission, the Diversity Leaders Program is a two-year program that supports Active members from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession as defined by the Academy. Four Leaders are selected every two years on odd years.
Diversity Leader Program Goals:
  • Provide education, access and service opportunities to individuals from underrepresented groups in the dietetics community as defined by the Academy.
  • Encourage more diverse dietetics professionals to assume leadership roles.
  • Provide leaders with a mentor and group coaching to enhance their career development, expand their professional network and to provide support in their work and community.
  • Develop a more diverse leadership pool.
  • Contribute to programs and resources in support of the Diversity Strategic Plan during and beyond the program.
Diversity Liaison
Diversity Liaisons serve at the grassroots level and are charged with conducting diversity outreach events. Diversity Liaisons must be current Academy members in good standing from any membership category except for Student or International Student. Diversity Liaisons can apply for mini-grants in support of their diversity outreach efforts. In addition, Diversity Liaison serve as a leadership ladder to the Diversity Leaders Program. Affiliates and dietetics practice groups (DPGs) are encouraged to select a Diversity Liaison. (The Academy plans on opening this program to member interest groups (MIGs) in the 2018-2019 year.)

Download the DPG Diversity Liaison position description or the Affiliate Diversity Liaison position description.
Those interested in serving as a mentor, or being mentored in the area of diversity, may select Diversity Initiatives or Cultural Competence as areas of interest in the Academy’s eMentoring program.  

What's New

Congratulate the Affiliate Diversity Grant Winners
Congratulations to this year’s Diversity winners. Diversity award winners are selected by the Academy’s Diversity Committee to support the Academy’s diversity initiatives. Winners receive a grant to support their work.
  • Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics