University of Saskatchewan BSc, ’21

Hi! My name is Ken (he/him). I’m transgender and queer. I’m also a nutrition student at the University of Saskatchewan, currently doing practicum!

I’ve never seen myself represented in dietetics. It took me years to build up the courage to come out and transition. I thought I had to choose between my trans/queer identity and being an RD. I often find myself thinking, “No one will hire me”, or “People like me can’t be Dietitians”. In practicum, I’ve chosen to be “stealth” sometimes to feel safe and have a normal student experience.

As I move forward, I’m seeing the importance of being out and visible. I want to pave the way for future trans & queer RDs.

My favourite areas of dietetics are community nutrition and private practice. I’m especially interested in food insecurity, eating disorders, food literacy, and trans and queer health! This journey of transition throughout my degree has been wild and challenging. But it’s my dream to have young trans students see me in my role and think “Wow, I can do that too”! Diversity in Dietetics is just around the corner.

Thanks for reading. Head over to my page and please reach out- I’d love to get to know you 🙂

– Ken

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