It is an honor to announce that Minnesota Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics (MAND) has been selected for the 2017-2018 Diversity Mini-Grant. All applications were reviewed by the Diversity Committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the award of $1000. The grant will go towards efforts for supporting the dietetics profession and the Academy’s diversity initiatives. In effort to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, MAND has created a Diversity Program that will continue to create a safe and respected environment across students and professionals from all experiences and backgrounds as everyone is connected through the culture of food and health in a unique way. As diversity is rich in differences, we must continue to highlight these differences in culture, ethnicity, age, gender, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, political, socioeconomic status, education, experiences and philosophical characteristics. Disregarding these differences is to devalue someone’s personal identity.
Registered dietitians (RD), registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN), nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTR), and dietetic technicians, registered (DTR), are leading our state towards a progressive direction of health and well-being through nutrition. The Academy holds the key of powerful influence over our future professionals and to build a strong network of inclusivity. Those who are members of the Academy and/or MAND are able to form a network of professionals to assist each other with their career goals. It is imperative that we encourage everyone to have a pivotal voice in uplifting our community and to help them become more visible. With our MAND Diversity Program, we will create a network of people who do not need to validate our world view every day and therefore challenge ourselves to become more approachable, creative and innovative to benefit our communities.
Here are the goals that will be addressed in the program:
- To develop more effective strategies to attract more diverse students and professionals into leading nutrition roles.
- To maintain an inclusive environment while addressing unconscious bias to ensure diverse students and professionals have equal access to opportunities.
- To build strong relationships with diverse students and professionals for motivation to reach their fullest potential.
The grant will be used to support students in their expense on their nutrition and dietetics journey. More information on the application process of this award towards students will be posted on the MAND website. Please reach out to MAND for further questions.
Written by Jennifer Gherau, MAND Diversity Liaison