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Baystate DEI Potluck – Our initial recipe event for NNM 2021

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, MAND Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is hosting our first cultural recipe collection event to amplify the theme of “Personalized Your Plate” NNM 2021! MAND DEI Committee is looking for exciting international recipes to begin a collection of cultural food recipes. 

Cultural recipes include dishes from all cultures and continents, family favorites and Fusion! We’d love for you to share your recipe so that we can begin to build a recipe collection to be featured on the MAND Diversity and Inclusion webpage. Eligibility is open to dietetics professionals (RDNs, and NDTRs), dietetic interns and current dietetics students regardless of MAND or AND membership status.

Qualify for a Gift of Appreciation:   Two randomly selected recipe submissions will receive an Etsy giftcard for $25

General Information:  

  • Deadline:  March 30, 2021

  • This is not a contest.  There is no judging involved

  • Eligibility is open to dietetics professionals (RDNs, and NDTRs), dietetic interns and current dietetics students regardless of MAND or AND membership status.

  • One recipe entry per person for gift entry qualification:  Gift recipient(s) will be determined randomly from a pool of all entries received.

  • Ingredients in standard measurements such as cup, Tbs, tsp or Metrics.

  • Provide complete instructions on making the recipe.

  • May include up to two photos of the completed recipe(please no name brand or other advertisement).

  • Share the origniate of the dish if you have the information.

  • If recipe from a published cookbook or internet website please site the source. Or if it is adopted/modified from a published cookbook or internet website please site the source.

  • All accepted recipes (with your name) may be displayed on the (MAND DEI) website 

  • By submitting a recipe, you voluntarily and knowingly completely and forever release, waive and discharge MAND, and all related parties, from and against any and every kind of claim, demand, injury, costs, attorney fees, right, liability or cause of action or other liabilities of whatever kind or nature, known or unknown, absolute or contingent, and whether or not fixed, which you ever had, now has or might in the future have arising in any way or related to this Recipe entry, including, but not limited to, participation in the Recipe Entry; your Recipe Submission; use of your name, likeness, financial claims; physical and/or emotional injury; and/or any other legal claim that may arise whether under contract, tort, warranty or any other theory or claim.

Please submit your recipe here.

Read the latest DEI Spotlight: Sue-Ellen Anderson Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT

Calendar of Celebrations 2021 


Academy 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.


Registry Statistics

RDN by Demographic by State (Massachusetts) 

NDTR by Demographic by State (Massachusetts) 


MAND DEI Committee

Committee established in 2016, originally called Diversity Committee. There are about twelve active members. The committee is funded by the annual Diversity Mini Grant from the academy. Committee activities include monthly meetings, community outreach events planning and Diversity scholarships. In the past four years, committee members and volunteers have completed 2 to 5 events each year, outreached to about 400 students at four different counties in Massachusetts and awarded diversity scholarships totalling 10 students. 

Active Members: 

  • Rachel Andrade
  • Patricia Bando
  • Reem Bou-Nacklie
  • Anna Bondy
  • Rosalinda Sar
  • Shennie Quintanilla (DEI Web & Social Media Coordinator)
  • Quynh Tu (Diversity Liaison)
  • Norah Ismail (Diversity Liaison-Elect)

Support Members:

  • Deanna Bellany 
  • Amy Branham 
  • Marianna Calle
  • Stephanie DiRocco 
  • Joycelyn Graham


Action plan for 2020-2022:  

Short-term (within the next few months)

Long-term (2020-2022)

Developing webinars on diversity for MAND members - will provide free CEUs

Require state licensure to include diversity training for a minimum of 3 units during the 2 year cycle

Create ongoing content on web page through blog posts highlighting diversity in our students, interns, and dietetics professionals

Put together curriculum/content for state licensure diversity training requirement -  would be provided to MAND members for free

Career fairs and outreach at community colleges across MA

In-class discussions and outreach to 8th grade students


Past DEI Spotlights

Jay Patruno, RD, LDN, CPT

The Less Traveled Path at MAND by Quynh Tu, RD, LDN, CDCES

Celebrate Your Roots by Shennie Quintanilla, MS, RD, LDN


DEI resources

Want to Join?

If you want to learn more about our committee or would like to participate, please contact:

Quynh Tu quymemo@gmail.com , or 

Norah Ismail Norahismail95@gmail.com 

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Thanks for a great virtual ANCE!

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