Diversity & Inclusion


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. 

Current Members: 

  • Rachel Andrade
  • Patricia Bando
  • Deanna Belleny
  • Anna Bondy
  • Amy Branham
  • Joycelyn Brault
  • Marianna Calle
  • Stephanie DiRocco
  • Ben Graff
  • Jule O’Donovan
  • Shennie Quintanilla
  • Agatha Tam
  • Christina Ypsilantis (MAND President)
  • Melanie Mott (Past MAND President)
  • Quynh Tu (Diversity Liaison)
  • Norah Ismail (Diversity Liaison Elect)


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



Coming Soon! Stay tuned!

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 

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Due to health concerns due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 ANCE. Stay safe and we hope to see you in 2021! 

Public Policy

Public Policy

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