Anisha Vijh

BASc, ’20

Hi! My name is Anisha Vijh. Being born and raised in Toronto, diversity was normal, and being a person of colour was not something that I ever thought about until I got to university. When I started at the University of Guelph, I noticed 2 things: everyone was very friendly, and almost everyone was white. My program, Applied Human Nutrition, was also very female dominated. Everyone was very nice, but it was always a bit of a reminder for me when I was the only POC in the room during a seminar or lecture. While not a very diverse program, I am grateful for the diverse ideas I learned through the program about determinants of health, and learning about things like HAES. It really opened my eyes to the fact that there is no one way to be healthy, and how some traditional markers of health like BMI aren’t always appropriate for POC. I am hoping in the future UofG will make more effort to ensure their programs are diverse and to bring awareness to racial bias and inequities in Nutrition.

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