Diversity & Inclusion

Monthly News

  • Read the latest DEI Spotlight celebrating AAPI Month on the Blog with Wendy Ng!

  • FREE Student Academy Memberships for RD2Bes of underrepresented communities - APPLY THROUGH MAY 31ST!
The IDEA Committee will be providing 15 complimentary student memberships to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to students who identify with underrepresented communities.The first 15 eligible students who apply will be awarded a membership! 
Click HERE to apply!
  • World Religion Summer CEU Series

Get ready for our Summer CEU Series focusing on World Religion, presented by the MAND IDEA Committee!
This summer we’re hosting 3 unique webinars, FREE for all attendees! Earn continuing education and learn eating habits & counseling tips of diverse religions. Registration link coming soon. Save the date for the first event on June 20th!

  • Collecting Multicultural Recipes from Our Community!

The IDEA committee is accepting recipes to be featured on the MAND webpage! We would like to highlight the diverse and individual food culture of our members, as well as MA students and dietitians. All recipes submitted using the short form will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 giftcard to the local business of choice. There are four gift cards available. There is no demographic criteria required to submit a recipe. 
Apply at the LINK here by May 31st!


Calendar of Celebrations 2022


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

MA RDN and DTR Statistics

RDN by Demographic by State (Massachusetts) 

NDTR by Demographic by State (Massachusetts) 


Past DEI Spotlights 

AAPI Month 2022 Spotlight with Wendy Ng, RDN, LDN

AAPI Month 2021 Spotlight with Rosalinda Sar

Asian American Diabetes Initiative Spotlight with Ka Hei Karen Lau, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES

Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight with Norah Ismail, MS, RD, LDN

Middle Eastern DEI Spotlight with Reem Bou-Nacklie

Black History Month Spotlight with Sue-Ellen Anderson Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT

DEI Spotlight with Jay Patruno, RD, LDN, CPT

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

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


DEI Resources


About Us

The DEI Committee, originally called the Diversity Committee, established itself in the organization in 2016. The committee is funded by the annual Diversity Mini Grant from the Academy. Activities include monthly meetings, community outreach event planning, and awarding diversity scholarships. In the past four years, committee members and volunteers have completed 2 to 5 events each year, outreached to about 400 students in four different counties within Massachusetts, and awarded diversity scholarships totalling 10 students pursuing dietetics education. 

Active Members: 

  • Patricia Bando
  • Reem Bou-Nacklie
  • Anna Bondy
  • Shennie Quintanilla
  • Rosalinda Sar
  • Quynh Tu (Past Diversity Liaison)
  • Susan Hazarvartian (Diversity Liaison/State Professional Recruitment Coordinator-Elect)
  • Rachel Andrade (Diversity Liaison/SPRC & Committee Chair)

Supporting Members:

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

2020-2022 Action Plan 

Short-term goals:

  • Developing webinar opportunities on diversity for MAND members that provide free continuing education units
  • Create ongoing content on MAND webpage through blog posts highlighting diversity in our students, interns, and dietetics professionals
  • Attend virtual career fairs and outreach at community colleges across MA

Long-term goals:

  • Require state licensure to include diversity training for a minimum of 3 units during the 2 year cycle
  • Put together curriculum/content for state licensure diversity training requirement -  would be provided to MAND members for free
  • Virtual or socially distanced and/or safe in-class discussions and outreach to 8th grade students



We Welcome All

We invite all voices to contribute and be heard, or to simply reach out for learning opportunities. If you would like to learn more about our committee or would like to participate, please contact:

Rachel Andrade - nutritionforbipoc@gmail.com, or 

Susan Hazarvartian - hazarvatian@teppllc.com

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

2022 ANCE will be virtual on Friday, March 25th. 

Public Policy

Public Policy

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