Barriers to and Facilitators of Dietetics Education among Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Results of a Survey

Published:August 01, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.06.010
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      Biography

      C. L. Wynn is a workgroup member representing the National Organization of Blacks in Nutrition and Dietetics (NOBIDAN) and Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

      Biography

      S. Raj is a workgroup member representing Asian Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics (AIND) and Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, D. B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

      Biography

      F. Tyus is a workgroup member representing NOBIDAN (past chair) and retired, Cleveland, OH.

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      Y. D. Greer is a workgroup member representing NOBIDAN (chair) and owner, Y-EAT Right, nutritional consultant for Healthy Living, Milwaukee, WI.

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      R. K. Batheja is a workgroup member representing AIND, diversity chair, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and an RDN in private practice, Long Island, NY.

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      Z. Rizwana is a workgroup member representing Muslims in Dietetics and Nutrition (chair) and instructor, College of North Atlantic, Doha, Qatar.

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      R. K. Hand is director, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      • Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Framework for Consideration in Dietetics Education
        Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsVol. 117Issue 8
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          I was intrigued by the findings of the research study, “Barriers to and Facilitators of Dietetics Education among Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Results of a Survey.”1 As a practicing registered dietitian nutritionist for 17 years and a qualitative researcher with a focus on equity and diversity in education, I share a commitment to increasing diversity in the profession. Researchers found underrepresented participants from diverse backgrounds believed inequitable practices existed within steps of dietetics education.
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