Response to Racism in Dietetics
Nourish Your Knowledge focuses on educating and empowering nutrition students and dietitians in the practices of Health at Every Size™, intuitive eating and social justice oriented nutrition care. We recognize that true body liberation and wellness for all is actively anti-racist. We acknowledge that in order to best serve students and our communities, we need to have a profession that is representative of the population as a whole. The field of dietetics is severely underrepresented by Black people; only 2.6% of dietitians are Black. This needs to change. Racism in our course and online community will not be tolerated and will be actively called to light.
We recognize our privileges as thin, white, cis females and that our experiences and perspectives are limited. We also recognize that we have major blind spots and biases in our work because of these experiences (or lack thereof). It is of the utmost importance that we continue to do our own work--professionally and personally--in dismantling systems of oppression, including the racist roots of our country and education system.
We have sought to be conscious in addressing racism throughout various lectures in Nourish Your Knowledge, and through being called-in by some amazing Black dietitian colleagues, have come to realize that this is simply not enough. A truly anti-racist approach to teaching about HAES calls for a bold directness in addressing systemic racism. We are in the process of hiring consultation from people with lived experiences to develop more content that should have been part of the curriculum from the get-go; we apologize for not addressing racism more proactively. Past and present course participants will be notified when these new resources are available, and no extra charge to participants will be associated with this additional content. We appreciate the honest feedback from our Black and indigenous people of color colleagues that has moved us to grow in our mission to make a social justice approach to dietetics the norm.