Diversity in Dietetics and Cultural Competence in Nutrition

by | Nov 16, 2020

Are you aware that the registered dietitian profession is over 81% white? Are you aware there is currently a push to recruit more BIPOC dietitians to diversify dietetics?


Do you know there’s a need for diversity in dietetics, and are you interested in being a part of the change?


If you’re a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist, do you question if your dietetic practice is culturally competent?


On YouTube: Diversity in Dietetics | Nutrition and Cultural Competence

In my new YouTube video as a POC dietitian, I discuss diversity in dietetics and give an intro on cultural competency.


Topics addressed in the video include:


  • How to engage better with people who are not like you
  • How to become more culturally aware or competent in nutrition
  • What you can do to help the movement to create more diversity within the dietetic profession


WATCH until of the video below where I share the most important detail about cultural competency!

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SOURCES discussed in the video:


Commission on Dietetic Registration: Registered Dietitians by Demographics

https://www.cdrnet.org/registry-statistics-new?id=1779&actionxm=ByDemographics (Stats are updated often).


Riediger, Natalie et al (2018). Diversity and Equity in Dietetics and Undergraduate Nutrition Education in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research: https://dcjournal.ca/doi/10.3148/cjdpr-2018-034


Gurneet K Dhami is completing a thesis on dietetic diversity focused on the experiences of racialized dietitians in Canada. Learn more: https://www.gurneetkdhami.com/




Diversity and Inclusion: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: https://www.eatrightpro.org/practice/practice-resources/diversity-and-inclusion


Diversify Dietetics: https://www.diversifydietetics.org/


Robinson, Shamera. Doubling Down on Diversity (Jun 4, 2020). FoodandNutrition.org: https://foodandnutrition.org/from-the-magazine/doubling-down-on-diversity-the-journey-to-a-more-diverse-field/


Does the dietetic industry need more diversity? Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/dietetics/comments/3abvbv/does_the_dietetic_industry_need_more_diversity/




Goody, Cynthia & Drago, Lorena (2009). Using Cultural Competence Constructs to Understand Food Practices and Provide Diabetes Care and Education. American Diabetes Association Diabetes Spectrum: https://doi.org/10.2337/diaspect.22.1.43


de Guzman, Maria, Rosario T., Durden, Tonia R., Taylor, Sarah A., Guzman, Jackie M., Potthoff, Kathy L. (2016). Cultural Competence: An Important Skill Set for the 21st Century. Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska. https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g1375/build/g1375.htm


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I’m a media nutrition expert, registered dietitian and Asian food and culture content creator based in Hamilton, ON, Canada.


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