Innovative Strategies to Open the Nutrition and Dietetics Education Pipeline

Sunday, October 9
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
CE: 1.5
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 170557


Creating a more diverse profession begins with attracting and recruiting students of all backgrounds. To do so, it is imperative for dietetics programs to find unique and creative ways to open the educational pipeline and expose students of all identities to opportunities in the profession.

Participants in this session will learn three unique approaches to engage with prospective students: through developing community partnerships with youth programs, holistic admissions practices, and affiliation agreements with local community colleges. Panelists will discuss tips and tricks to get started and how to adapt as the student population continues to change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the impact and benefits of a specific program on student recruitment and retention
  • Illustrate a holistic approach to admissions and prioritize key factors to leveraging admissions processes to increase inclusion
  • Develop ways to partner effectively with community organizations or local colleges to enhance communication and community

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.2.8 Challenges, encourages and supports others to take action to advance the profession
  • 4.2.1 Identifies potential or existing opportunities and challenges.
  • 6.5.2 Develops policies and procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students.