Links to BADD-like organizations
The National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) is a professional organization of African-American dietetic and nutrition practitioners whose mission is to provide a forum for professional development and support of dietetic, optimal nutrition and well-being for the general public, particularly those of African descent. NOBIDAN has served members for over 50 years as a networking group. In 2008, NOBIDAN became the fourth Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Latinos and Hispanic in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN) has served members since 1995 as a networking group. On May 16, 2007, LAHIDAN became the first Member Interest Group (MIG) of the, now, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The mission of LAHIDAN is to empower members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders for Latinos and Hispanics.
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. The mission of Diversify Dietetics is 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.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee recommends policies and strategies to enhance the recruitment, retention and inclusion of, and leadership development for, individuals from underrepresented groups as identified by the Academy. The committee also serves as a resource or partner with other Academy units working on diversity and inclusion projects while striving to increase members’ understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency through activities that support the Academy’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan.