Diversity & Inclusion

Monthly News

- 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.

Save the date for the THIRD event on Thursday, September 29th @ 5pm.

Topic: Understanding Dietary Habits of Muslim Patients and Counseling Tips During the Fasting Month of Ramadan. 

Speaker: Nadine Tassabejhi, PhD, RDN, LDN  

- Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th - Oct 15th)

To celebrate, we are offerening a free On Demand webinar all month long!

Nutrition for Hispanic Cultures   

Learn to counsel your Hispanic clients confidently in this free webinar exploring the culture, cuisine & health of the 6 major Hispanic groups in the US.
Qualifies for 1.25 Ethics CEU

Instructor: Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, consultant and certified diabetes care and educator specialist. 

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 
  • Rachel Andrade (Past Diversity Liaison)
  • Jamie Ekstrom (Diversity Liaison/State Professional Recruitment Coordinator-Elect)
  • Susan Hazarvartian (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:

Susan Hazarvartian - hazarvatian@teppllc.com

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

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

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