What is BADD?

Lack of diversity among credentialed dietetics practitioners and students attending ACEND-accredited dietetics programs has been well documented in statistics published by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  In May 2020, Boston University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (Shelly DeBiasse) and Deanna Belleny were selected by the 2019-2020 Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) to receive the 2020-2022 Diversity and Inclusion Promotion Grant ($10,000).  Awarded every two years to one ACEND-accredited program “to support minority recruitment and retention projects by dietetics education programs accredited/approved by the ACEND, dietetic practice groups, member interest groups, and Academy affiliates”, the 2020-2022 grant was awarded to establish the Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD).

BADD is a program designed to organize social justice-minded students, interns and professionals in dietetics in the Boston area toward achievement of the following vision and mission:


A dietetics profession and membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) and the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) that embodies differences in culture, race/ethnicity, age, gender/sexuality, faith traditions, physical ability, political ideologies, socioeconomic status, and size that similarly reflects these characteristics in the US population by 2030.


Leveraging an alliance of diverse* dietetics students, interns and practitioners in and around Boston, Massachusetts, BADD will disrupt barriers to entering and remaining in the dietetics profession experienced by individuals from historically excluded groups. BADD will accomplish this by developing, promoting, and engaging in activities which increase awareness, education, and support of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within the dietetics profession.

In addition, BADD holds these values as essential to our success:


  • No voice is dismissed, all voices are heard
  • Advisors, Leaders and Members all with equal power
  • Students, Interns, Professionals all with equal status
  • Welcoming and enabling environment for all

*culture, race/ethnicity, age, gender/sexuality, faith tradition, physical ability, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and size