301. Expanding Opportunities for Global Engagement: Real-World Examples of International Impact

Tuesday, October 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 121-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149635

Globalization of dietetics in the 21st century brings many opportunities for RDNs and nutrition and dietetics students. Faculty from the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia have taken advantage of these opportunities. Assistant Clinical Professor Beth Leonberg taught nutrition to nurses and doctors and exposed healthcare professionals to the role of the dietitian in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2018 as a Fulbright Scholar. Assistant Clinical Professor Nyree Dardarian and Drexel University nutrition students participated in running the athlete’s village dining hall and worked with student athletes at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea (2015), Taipei, Taiwan (2017) and Naples, Italy (2019). Their experiences serve as examples of opportunities available to other experienced food and nutrition professionals to share their knowledge and expertise globally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply for funded opportunities to teach or conduct research abroad through the Fulbright Scholars program.
  • Discover opportunities to take nutrition and dietetics students to an international experiential learning event.
  • Increase understanding of global engagement in nutrition and dietetics.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 Cultural sensitivity
  • 1060 Foreign language, cultures
  • 1110 Risk taking

Performance Indicator:

  • 14.3.5 Identifies and anticipates risks related to the project and/or organization.
  • 2.2.2 Considers and respects the opinions, creativity, values, beliefs and perspectives of others.
  • 3.1.2 Fosters a culture in which diversity and cross-team collaboration are valued.


  • Stella Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM

    Professor and Chair

    Drexel University

  • Speaker(s)

  • Beth Leonberg, MS, MA, RDN, CSP, FAND

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    Drexel University

  • Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    Drexel University