Hi everyone, my name is Gurveen Jaggi and I am currently a student at the University of Alberta in the Dietetics Specialization program. I’ve been interested in nutrition and how it relates to chronic diseases since I was in high school and have always been watching documentaries and reading articles relating to nutrition. When I started University, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, however, In my second year, I started researching more about what a dietitian does and decided that I wanted to pursue that as a career. Over the years I’ve realized how much misinformation there is surrounding nutrition, so I was really interested in learning evidence-based nutrition information so that I can educate others. Growing up in a Punjabi/Sikh household, I’ve been taught the importance of equality and community service especially since my parents would often take me to the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) where langar is served daily. Langar is a community kitchen where free meals are served to
all visitors, regardless of their background. Seeing this, I have also developed an interest in food security and would like to learn more about how social determinants of health affect people of various backgrounds.
Throughout my degree so far, I haven’t seen a whole lot of diversity in terms of students and professors since they are predominantly white. However, since I started my instagram account, I’ve seen and read about a lot more BIPOC perspectives in dietetics, which are so important. Current RDs, professors, and dietetic students should continue to elevate BIPOC voices since they are so valuable and diversify the profession.