At Edge Nutrition, we recognize the tremendous value students of color bring to the field. In our increasingly diverse country, it is vital that nutrition professionals represent this diversity to best serve patients and clients. In addition, many of our dietary guidelines were designed through a white lens and do not reflect a wide range of cultural foods. This limits the impact these guidelines can have and perpetuates the idea that a nutritious diet requires leaving behind the foods of your heritage and ascribing to a white, European eating style (think about how we elevate the Mediterranean diet and how dairy has always been part of the food pyramid, while lactose intolerance is the norm in many countries).
The pathway to become an RDN requires a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited university, a master’s degree, and 1200 hours of supervised practice (the internship). Most internship programs are unpaid and cost thousands of dollars, in addition to the cost of college and graduate school. This tremendous financial burden is unattainable for many students. In addition, the vast majority of RDNs in America are white and the demographics of this industry have made very little progress since its inception.
We realize changing the landscape of the nutrition and dietetics profession is not an easy task. It requires a willingness to ask hard questions and an ability to examine personal biases. We need to recruit and welcome diverse students into the profession and step aside to allow them space to do so. Edge Nutrition is committed to this process and continues to look for ways to do this.
For starters, we offer a basic nutrition support program and two hours of 1-on-1 tutoring free of cost to two students of color. If you would like to apply for this, visit the Scholarship tab at the top of this page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded twice per year.
Stay tuned as we announce more updates.