Diversity Action

Diversity in Dietetics

Diversity recognizes and respects differences in culture, ethnicity, age, gender, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, politics and socioeconomic characteristics.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has cited diversity as an organizational and professional priority since as early as 1998. Countries around the world are becoming increasingly diverse and it is vital for professional leaders to recognize and prepare for these trends. The resulting racially and ethnically diverse patient and customer base will demand a diverse workforce that is capable of providing culturally-competent and culturally-responsive care that meets their individual needs related to literacy, language, and varying degrees of assimilation or acculturation. If the workforce fails to meet this demand, it can be assumed that the consumer-provider relationship will suffer, bias will result, and disparity will only increase. Diversification implies a need for change in the way healthcare and academia are provided; this includes the fields of dietetics and dietetics education.

WAND maintains a diversity liaison who aspires to educate WAND membership on issues related to diversity in dietetics and practice, inclusive of racial/ethnic, geographic, sex, as well as, issues relative to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals.


WAND's Diversity Action Committee Initiatives

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Address implicit racial/ethnic biases, structural racism and foster cultural humility within dietetic education and practice.
  2. Identify barriers to racial/ethnic diversity within dietetics education.
  3. Educate membership on nutrition-related healthcare disparities in BiPOC.
  4. Enhance membership's cultural competency related to culinary practices, healthcare considerations and communication preferences for major racial/ethnic/tribal groups in WI.


WAND Diversity Training


Diversity Resources


Demographic Data of Dietetics Professionals and Students


Aida Miles - Speaker Elect Candidate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Aida has a strong devotion to her profession and a passion for nutrition. She believes that, united within the Academy, we can make a difference in the health and well-being of our nation. She's committed to increasing the recognition of RNDs and DTRs as providers of high quality and evidence-based nutrition services.

Over the next several weeks, Aida is going to be reading the book "Biased" by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt and invites you to read along with her. Please click the link below if you'd like to join her book discussion.

Join Aida's Book Discussion of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes what we See, Think and Do."


WAND has been awarded the Diversity Action mini-Grant for two consecutive years which continues to support achievement of the aforementioned goals and objectives. If you are interested in joining WAND's diversity initiative, please contact Cassie at cassie.vanderwall@gmail.com.