My journey into dietetics started at age 11 when my sister @awfully.sweet was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Seeing how much nutrition impacts health at a young age set the course for me to become a dietitian.

Some bumps in the road included a teacher who said “minorities don’t typically do well” and I even had a student advisor tell me not to take organic chemistry over the summer because I would likely fail (which I took & passed!). I was blessed to have supportive family & friends to encourage me when I felt not good enough – especially when you’re a first generation college student.

Fortunately, I had a great grad school experience, despite being the only minority in my masters-dietetic internship class. My confidence strengthened exponentially both personally and professionally during grad school. Working in the clinical setting and being in the small percentage of RDs of color has truly shown me the importance and value of diversity in this field.

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