Sign Up

Interested in becoming a member with the PCDA? Join today!

News

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Why is this Important to the PCDA:

The DEIC acknowledges that the Historical and Present-Day structure of Dietetics is to overvalue Western medicine, and devalue traditional healing, storytelling and lived experience. 

This can lead to further discrimination and (un)intentional harm towards Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ2S+ community, people living with disabilities, and/or people living in varying bodies.  

Evidence-based practice must intentionally include the lived experience of the practitioner and the patient. 

To Deny my Food is to Deny my Culture; 

To Deny my Culture is Racist.

Definitions: 

  • Diversity: Differences of People in ‘protected classes’ (marginalized populations)
  • Equity: Recognition, and dismantling of barriers for the inclusion of People who are (have been) historically excluded and marginalized. 
  • Inclusion: Creating a space/environment where People can express ‘dissent’. Feeling welcomed and valued; with representation of those individuals in all levels of the association. 
  • Health Equity: When individuals have the fair opportunity to reach their fullest health potential. Requires reducing unnecessary and avoidable differences that are unfair and unjust. Health equity is created when individuals have the fair opportunity to reach their fullest health potential. 

Objectives: 

  • Advise Board and Executive on opportunities for organizational DEI advocacy positions
  • Provide recommendations on how PCDA can imbed DEI into our work
  • Provide recommendations on how PCDA can challenge systematic oppression in dietetics, as a community of practice and with clients
  • Provide recommendations on how PCDA can influence partners that we work with to address health equity and systemic oppression
  • Provide recommendations on criteria for when we do or do not work with funders/sponsors 
  • Provide recommendations on how PCDA can use social media to promote health equity and inclusion messaging  

Goals:

  • Facilitate safe space on how members can have conversations and criticism based on their own understanding and lived experience on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 
  • Help RD recognize biases (for themselves and others); and systemic oppression perpetuated in Western medicine
  • Unlearning  & healing of white supremacy and history of colonialism on the medical and nutrition field
  • Provide practical strategies to support equity and inclusivity in practice
  • Provide tools to advocate for systemic change, both in the dietetic profession and the public   
  • Support and increase access to mental health supports for triggered* members and interns
  • Creating safe space for identified groups (BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and othered dietitians) 
  • Incorporate the narratives of equity-seeking folx, including dietitians in our advocacy.
  • Advocate for the role of dietitians in Health Equity.

Committee Membership (minimum)

  • at least 1 Board Member
  • at least 1 Executive Member
  • at least 2 PCDA general members
ChairBoard Member
Frequency of MeetingsMeetings as required – with goals and objectives
Quorum2 members or 50%
Decision MakingDEIC will make recommendations to the Executive Team and/or Executive Director (as directed)
AccountabilityAccountable to: Executive Team and/or DirectorMeeting minutes must be taken and sent to the Executive Director

Comments

If you have any comments or suggestions, please fill out the form below. Your email address is optional.

ToR Comment Form

Join PCDA

Sign up to become a member today!