Pictured are MPH/RD student chatting before the start of lecture.

MPH/RD Students preparing for the start of classes

We are committed to ensuring that our program is a diverse, inclusive, civil and welcoming community. Diversity and inclusion are central to our school’s mission — to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world. Diversity and inclusion are assets that contribute to our strength, excellence and individual and institutional success. We welcome, value and learn from individual differences and perspectives. These include but are not limited to: cultural and racial/ethnic background; country of origin; gender; age; socioeconomic status; physical and learning abilities; physical appearance; religion; political perspective; sexual identity and veteran status. Diversity, inclusiveness and civility are core values we hold, as well as characteristics of the School that we intend to strengthen.

To ensure these practices are met, the Gillings School of Global Public Health established the Gillings Inclusive Excellence Committee (IEC), which houses one faculty and one staff member from each department, including Dr. Kim Truesdale (Faculty) and Jonathan Earnest (Lead Academic Coordinator) from the Department of Nutrition, and is chaired by the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Kauline Cipriani. The IEC evaluates the climate within Gillings as well as critically evaluates aspects such as prioritizing the needs of the Gillings community and how we, as members of the School, interact with one another both in and out of the classroom.

In order to promote humility in the realm of diversity, the Department of Nutrition houses its own Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee, which consists of various faculty, staff, and student representatives including the MPH/RD Academic Advisor, Jonathan Earnest, and the MPH/RD Program Director, Amanda Holliday. The D&I Committee’s mission is to ensure the Department is continually striving to welcome, value, and learn from diverse student backgrounds both within Gillings and the Department itself.

Furthermore, we are committed to expanding diversity and inclusiveness within the MPH/RD program and in the field of dietetics. We measure diversity and inclusion not only in numbers, but also by the extent to which students, alumni, faculty, and staff members perceive the School’s environment as welcoming, valuing all individuals, and supporting their development. Additionally, we recognize that while the field of dietetics is not traditionally the most diverse, it is crucial for the advancement of this field that its practitioners are representative of the diverse populations they serve.

For more information, please visit the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusion website.