I am a Clinical Dietitian working at a hospital in downtown Toronto within both inpatient and outpatient areas.
I was born and raised between the U.A.E and India and moved to Canada to do my BSc. in Dietetics. Over the years I realized the education and profession as a whole does not represent the diverse patient population we serve. Most university courses teach healthy eating through a Eurocentric lens with limited training on culturally appropriate nutrition interventions.
Change is difficult to implement quickly and effectively, but as awareness of current racial justice issues increase, I am hopeful about making progress in this area. Within my current workplace, we are creating a space that can explore systemic racism in the field of dietetics and the role of mentorship for BIPOC students, share training on cultural competence, review inclusion resources and tools, and work toward being intentional about encouraging inclusive and diverse spaces.