The Department of Nutrition’s Administration and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee are working together to advance equity within the department. Along with updates on the DEI Committee’s work, a list of previous activities sponsored by the DEI Committee can be found below.


Tashara M. Leak, PhD, “Addressing the Impact of Racism and Poverty on the Nutritional Status and Health of Adolescents in Urban Communities”
Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Nutrition Research in Medicine, Cornell University
Friday, March 26, 2021


Vickie Suggs-Jones, PhD, “What Are My Biases? Implicit Bias Inventory and Dialogue”
Diversity and Inclusion Strategist/Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions, LLC
October 30, 2020

Department of Nutrition Town Hall
October 22, 2020
The Town Hall included an update on DEI issues. The slides and discussion summary from the Town Hall can be viewed here, and a recording of the presentation portion can be viewed here.

Semi-annual Dinner for Students of Color
Friday, August 21, 2020

In summer 2020, the DEI Committee began forming working groups to develop a strategic plan to advance equity within the department. The plan will align with the Gillings School Inclusive Excellence Action Plan and involve Nutrition students, faculty, and staff in the planning and implementation.

REI Groundwater Training
Department leaders were required to complete REI Groundwater training by July 1, 2020. Those leaders were:

In total, 30 out of 44 faculty with primary faculty appointments (68%) in Nutrition completed REI training by August 1, 2020.