Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN)’s mission is to advance the science, education, and practice of nutrition with a vision of a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition. We recognize that it will take a steadfast approach involving the nutrition community, to include individuals with diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas to make our vision a reality. This is a fundamental strength of our professional society.

ASN is committed creating sustainable change as it relates to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) and to establishing an environment that champions diversity, and creates a sense of belonging for all members of the nutrition community in pursuit of its mission.

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IDEA Activities, Initiatives, and Resources

ASN Foundation Undergraduate Diversity Research Fellowship

The ASN Foundation Undergraduate Diversity Research Fellowship (UDRF),  developed in conjunction with ASN’s Student Interest Group (SIG) and funded by generous donors to the ASN Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campaign, were created to promote diversity in the field of nutrition through long-term change. The UDRF is designed to provide direct funding for undergraduate research projects that may have an impact to the broader field of nutrition.

This award competition will give historically underrepresented undergraduate students research and travel funding to participate in a poster competition on their completed research project at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual flagship meeting, NUTRITION.

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2022- 2023 UDRF Awardees:

Shanvanth R. Arnipalli

Luz S. Villa Robles

Niliarys Sifre

Alessandra D. Sommer

Gabrielle Tan

Young Investigators Underrepresented in Nutrition Award Competition

The Young Investigators Underrepresented in Nutrition Award Competition, organized by the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee (IDEA), provides an opportunity for young investigators from underrepresented communities within the biomedical and life sciences to participate in the annual meeting by discussing their research findings.

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Finalists will strengthen presentation and professional skills associated with a career in the sciences

NUTRITION 2023 Support Opportunities

ASN is committed to making NUTRITION 2023 accessible to everyone who wishes to participate.   By minimizing financial barriers, we ensure the best components of ASN’s annual flagship meeting — learning, connecting and sharing — are accessible to all.

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ASN offers the following attendee support opportunities for NUTRITION 2023:

  • Registration Reduction/Hardship Waivers
  • WW Scholarship for Underrepresented Groups
  • Family Support Grants

ASN’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee (formerly the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee) was founded in the early 2000’s and has progressively evolved to support the overarching goals for ASN’s IDEA initiatives.

The IDEA Committee reports to the ASN Board of Directors through the Membership Committee and its chair, Dr. Barbara Lyle.

Committee Charge

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee shall enhance the participation and engagement of minority and diverse students, scientists, and professionals in the activities of ASN. The committee shall foster diversity, equity and inclusion throughout ASN, including its volunteer leadership, programs, services and products. The committee will promote professional and leadership development to increase diversity, including supporting members in establishing long-term professional relationships with ASN. The committee shall also encourage more research in the area of nutrition health disparities among diverse groups and provide opportunities for research advancement and growth in professional practices. The goals of the committee are to support, promote and increase the representation of diverse groups, particularly the minority members within ASN.

2022-2023 Members

Karyn Onyeneho, PhD (Chair)
National Institutes of Health

Petra Tsuji, PhD, MPH (Vice Chair)
Towson University

Deshanie Rai, PhD

Monica Agarwal, MD, MEPH
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sophia Amenyah, PhD
Bournemouth University

Maria Carlota Dao ,PhD
University of New Hampshire

Sonia Poonamjot Deol, PhD
University of California, Riverside

Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD
Drexel University

Joachim Sackey, PhD
Rutgers University

Ashley Toney, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Lisa M. Troy, PhD
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sonia Vega- López, PhD
Arizona State University

ASN is Here to Listen

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