Diversity and Inclusion

We are a team committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, embracing diversity, and treating each other with respect.  Our University values represent expectations of how we work together to serve the University community and create a climate in which all involved can flourish.

The UCA Department of Nutrition and Family Sciences strongly supports the statements by UCA President Davis, and our professional organizations. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics issued a statement on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion and the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences issued a statement on racial equality and social justice.

We are saddened by the negative experiences of some of our students of color at UCA. As President Davis said in his statement, racism and discrimination are not acceptable and will not be tolerated at UCA. To aid our students, faculty, and staff, a new tab will be added to our Departmental website to house resources and information on systemic oppression, sources of privilege, social determinants of health, implicit bias, racial equity and social justice. Diversity and inclusion will be the theme of this upcoming academic year. Our faculty and student organization meetings will include speakers on this topic. In our display areas in McAlister Hall, we will showcase diverse leaders, past and present, throughout the year to inform and inspire each other. We will listen to and learn from one another.


The focus of Critical Dietetics is to serve as the place for inquiry and exploration regarding gender, race, class, ability, size, dietetic epistemology, post-structural orientations to dietetic education, art, and poetry in the context of dietetics. Critical Dietetics will allow for the critical exploration of these topics among others, informed by transdisciplinary scholarship from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Please check out their blog: World Critical Dietetics | the outlet for inquiry and exploration in the context of dietetics (criticaldieteticsblog.com)

Torreyson has an excellent lib guide available for Inclusive Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Inclusive Classrooms:


Diversity and Inclusion in Dietetics Handout


Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education: Reclaiming Our Civic Purpose


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