DIFM Diversity


A warm welcome from your Diversity Chair, Rita Batheja, MS RDN CDN FAND and past Diversity Chair, Denine Rogers, RDN, FAND 


Some of the Indian Dietetic Assoc ( IDA ) Leadership W Academy Leadership.Pat Babjak, (CEO) Lucille Beseler, ( President ) Donna Martin ( president Elect). Christine Kristie (VP Sponsorship) & Judy Rodriguez ( Academy past president & ICDA board member & Country representative.)


Rita with Jessica Pearl, Diversity Committee member


ICD2016 Conf in Granada Spain. Diversity w/ Rosa Hand, Academy Director, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network ( DPBRN ) Research, International, and Scientific Affairs


Rita Batheja with Tatyana El Kour from Middle East, Diversity Committee member

Diversity is one of the four strategic plans of the Academy. DIFM is a progressive DPG! We are the only Academy DPG who has created a Diversity Chair/Co-Chair position. We are honored to be appointed and thank DIFM leadership for the opportunity.

Lilliane Smothers is the Senior Manager of Membership and Diversity who coordinates the Academy’s Diversity Leadership two-year program. Please visit eatright.org for more information if you are interested in this fantastic program. Diversity committee members are appointed by the Speaker Elect.

The Academy currently has 10 Member Interest Groups (MIG). MIGs were formerly known as Ethnic Networking Groups. All MIG leaders have face to face meetings with Academy leadership, including Professional Engagement Lifelong Learning staff, and the Director and Senior Managers of other affiliate MIGs. All MIGs host their own reception together on Monday evening before the Foundation Gala at FNCE from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

nashville2014FNCE MIG Reception, Atlanta, 2014

fnce2015FNCE MIG Reception, Nashville, 2015


FNCE Joint MIG reception, Boston 2016.

Member Interest Groups (MIGs)

Any academy member can join a MIG. MIGs are invaluable and very inexpensive to join. Do not shy away from the name Asian Indian MIG, as all members are not only of Asian Indian origin. The AIND MIG, DIFM DPG, and VN DPGs all share similar philosophies. MIGs and DPGs collaborate with each other for the benefit of all members.

In today’s times we all need to come together to achieve our goals and live our mission. AIND MIG encourages both domestic and international members to join the Academy and the MIGs and DPGs of their choice. We embrace a diverse membership at DIFM, and encourage you to share your expertise.

Grants & Awards

Below are Grant and Award opportunities available for the benefit of every healthcare professional.  Note: Academy membership is not required to apply for these two awards.

First International Nutritionist/Dietitian Fellowship for Study in the USA! This $2,200 award assists foreign nationals who are pursuing postgraduate work in the United States and have a clearly articulated plan to return to their country. The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Click here to learn more.

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management provides up to two $1,100 awards for essays describing new approaches, including the application of technology, to feed the hungry by maximizing underutilized food resources or through a fresh produce program reducing food wastage. The deadline to submit essays is February 1, 2017Email Amy Donatell or click here for more information.

The following list includes the topic and winning essay(s) for each year. Several of the essays cover more than one topic. Each country has the possibility of adapting the ideas outlined in the projects to its needs. You can read all of the winning essays by clicking here.

Diversity Promotion Grant
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Promotion Grant provides up to a $10,000 grant to support diversity recruitment and retention projects by dietetics education programs accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), dietetic practice groups, Academy affiliates and member interest groups. The Diversity Promotion Grant is awarded on even years.

Diversity Action Award
A $1,000 award will be given to a dietetics educational program accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy Affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments to successfully recruit and retain diverse individuals.

The Diversity Action Award and Diversity Promotion Grant applications are now being accepted online at
www.eatrightPRO.org/diversityApplications are due by March 1st. 


Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lectures

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management has established an annual international lecture at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). The focus of the lecture is to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.

The Changing Face of Nutrition & Evolution of Dietetics in Asia
Presented by: Winnie Chee, PhD, MSc; President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association
Dr. Chee is the President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association, Secretary of the Asian Federation of Dietitians, and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences/Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at the International Medical University, Malaysia. Additionally, she holds a conjoint faculty position with the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia since 2012. Previously, Dr. Chee served as faculty as National University of Malaysia for 12 years before joining her current university.
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“Global Dietetic Alliances-the European Experience”
Presented by: Anne De Looy, PhD; Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)
Dr. Anne de Looy, Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), shares best practices from the European Union funded Thematic Network for Dietitians known as ”Dietitians Improving Education and Training Standards in Europe” (or DIETS for short). This network links 95 Partner institutions together across 31 countries in Europe. Walk away from this impactful session with key insights to forming multidisciplinary alliances in your own practice setting.
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“Integrating Nutrition into Healthcare Systems: A Collaborative International Approach”
Presented by: Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD; Program Coordinator, North Shore Community College
Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC; Program Director at the Tennessee Technological University
Kristine Caiafa, RD; Pediatric Dietitian, University Hospital
Amie Heap, MPH, RD; Senior Nutrition Advisor – Bureau of Global Health – Office of HIV/AIDS – U.S. Agency for International Development
This dynamic session showcases three unique international nutrition projects, highlighting the successful Sister Village project and key impacts to the regions of Guatemala and Sierre Leone. Next, you will hear from an RD with USAID regarding the many sources of U.S. food and nutrition aid programs to Africa and the need for a greater presence of nutrition into health care. Then learn about an exciting new Academy collaboration to integrate nutrition competencies and education into the training of healthcare providers on an international level.
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“Loans and Funding for Dietitians in Developing Countries”
Presented by: Boitshepo (Bibi) Giyose; Senior Advisor Food and Nutrition Security at NEPAD Agency
Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Advisor of Food and Nutrition Security at African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Appalachian State University, provided insights into how to fund nutrition care in developing countries. Ms. Giyose discussed the many challenges of food and nutrition in developing countries such as the limited access of food, clean water and health services. Practical applications of innovative, creative and feasible solutions were presented.
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“International Employment Opportunities for RDs”
Presented by: Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH; Senior Nutrition Scientist /Research Associate Professor, Food Fortification Initiative at Emory University
Jenny Bond, PhD, RD, FADA; Acting Director of Women and International Development and Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Douglas Balentine, PhD; Director Nutrition Science at Unilever
This session explored opportunities in a variety of international employment sectors. The panelists will discussed opportunities for international development work for dietitians and nutritionists as well as the range of opportunities for registered dietitians from the public and private sectors. The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture was established to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.
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“From Global to Local: Opportunities and Challenges Utilizing Programming Science”
Frances R. Davidson, PhD, MSc (USA); Health Science Specialist, Global Health Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
A wealth of scientific knowledge exists on the pivotal role nutrition plays in human and social development. However, prevention of nutrition deficiencies to improve health and well being in diverse populations has not been a global priority. Key factors in ensuring malnutrition programs have higher visibility, increased resources and policy impact internationally are not dissimilar to those of domestic programs. Translating scientific information and program experience into policies to improve nutrition is a challenging area that global and domestic implementers share. Frances R. Davidson PhD MSc is a global leader in maternal and child health nutrition, Davidson has spent the past 20 years improving the health of the world community. Dr. Davidson is a Health Science Specialist in the Global Health Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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“Addressing Global Malnutrition”
Ricardo Uauy, PhD, MD (Chile); President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10)
Dr. Uauy is one of the most distinguished scientists in international nutrition today. He is a highly respected advisor to the United Nations, World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization and has been the recipient of many International Awards. He is the President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10). He has edited/co-edited 8 books and published over 200 original scientific publications.
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International Resources

In 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation received a donation to develop an international nutrition education pilot project to support the efforts of health educators across the globe. The goal of this pilot project is to provide an open-access collection of relevant and effective nutrition education materials for use in Central America. This region was chosen for the pilot project because it is small in size and registered dietitian nutritionists with experience teaching nutrition in Central America were readily accessible to help guide the content of the project.

The Academy will continue to expand its resources for international nutrition education. You can help enhance it by sharing your feedback about the Academy’s new international nutrition education resources.

How the Academy Developed Educational Materials for this Pilot Project

A survey to solicit input on nutrition issues in Central America was developed and sent to Academy members and health, professional and nongovernmental organizations across the world. This survey also gathered information on the preferred format of nutrition education materials and effective teaching strategies and allowed respondents to upload examples of nutrition education materials they had created and used internationally. Survey respondents who indicated experience teaching nutrition in Central America were contacted for telephone interviews to gather more information. The Academy thanks these individuals for taking the time to share their experience to inform the development of valuable resources for use by a variety of health professionals.

Academy Pilot Project Acknowledgment:

This international nutrition education pilot project was supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s WIMPFHEIMER -GUGGENHEIM Fund for INTERNATIONAL Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.

This pilot project would not have been possible without the volunteer content expertise of Academy members Dixie Havlak, RD, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD and Laurie Sauerwine, MS, MScPH, RD.