A community created to fill a need
The idea for Diversify Dietetics was borne out of a need that our co-founders and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), Deanna Belleny and Tamara Melton, did not see was being met: a community to attract, encourage and empower students and young professionals of color who were seeking careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
To increase diversity in the field of nutrition by empowering students and young professionals from underrepresented minority groups to join the next generation of nutrition experts.
Wait... aren't there already Members Interest Groups (MIGs) for people of color?
While there are several phenomenal nutrition organizations dedicated to increasing diversity for specific underrepresented minority groups, there was no one organization that was inclusive of all ethnic and racial groups. Additionally, many of today's students and nutrition professionals can be found connecting on social media, and there was no dedicated community focused on increasing diversity in the nutrition profession. The goal is for Diversify Dietetics to fill in those gaps, and complement initiatives of MIGs.
Meet the Diversify Dietetics Community Co-Founders
Deanna BellEny, MPH, RDN
Hi! I'm a Texas girl who loves nutrition, public health and tacos! I completed my bachelors degree, dietetic internship, and masters degree in Houston, Texas and have loved working in such a diverse city (ranked as the most diverse city in the nation but who's counting!) Since my dietetic internship I noticed that the nutrition profession is not particularly diverse. It's quite the opposite, if we're being honest with ONLY 9% of RDNs and NDTRs identifying as non-white. This is in stark contrast to the shifting demographic of the U.S. We've got to do better and Diversify Dietetics is here to help! Get ready for the next generation of diverse nutrition experts!
You can reach me at email@example.com .
Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, CPHIMS
Hey there! I'm a mom and wife from Atlanta, Georgia. I specialize in nutrition informatics (a.k.a. health IT). Ever since the first FNCE I attended as an undergrad, I've noticed the very apparent need for more nutrition professionals of color. As an educator and administrator, I have seen the difference that a supportive community and access to resources can make in the success of a student. As a professional, I've seen that diverse teams lead to better outcomes for the patients and clients that we serve. I'm excited to create and participate in a space where we can improve diversity and strengthen the nutrition profession!
Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org