Building the Next Generation of Latinx RDNs


Latinx people comprise 18% of the United States population. However, the number of RDNs who are Latinx is only 6%. Reports from dietetic program directors at Hispanic-serving institutions reveal that, despite increasing numbers of these students enrolling in dietetics, many face significant obstacles that preclude them from achieving their dream of becoming an RDN. ACEND data confirms that 50% of students enrolled in undergraduate dietetics programs do not enter internships or other programs to become a credentialed practitioner. This panel presentation will provide an opportunity to learn from Latinx RDN leaders who have successfully completed their training, despite challenges. It will also include best-practice strategies from a Hispanic-serving institution that has invested time and effort to increase the number of Latinx students both entering dietetics training and graduating to practice.

Planned with the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group

Learning Objectives

Discuss current trends, culture, and leadership of Latinx RDNs in dietetics

Describe the role of academic institutions, training programs and preceptors in building the next generation of Latinx RDNs

Elucidate barriers that students of Latinx backgrounds face and overcome in their quest to pursue the RDN credential

Performance Indicators

3.1 Demonstrates and applies leadership skills

3.2 Advocates for and participates in activities that support advancement of the profession

1.7 Applies cultural competence and consideration for social determinants of health to show respect for individuals, groups and populations


Lucia Briceno

Undergraduate Director/ Lecturer/PRN Dietitian

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Andie Gonzalez

US Pediatric Medical Science Liaison

Abbott Nutrition

Laura Meza Esparza

Clinical Dietitian PRN

The Medical Center of Aurora


Aida Miles

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of Alabama, Birmingham

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