Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ASN’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) stands in solidarity with all people of color. We condemn any and all racist language, racist behavior, and the resulting social determinants of racism. We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. 

Diversity in Nutrition and Health Sciences

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The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) actively engages in the recruitment, development, and advancement of individuals from underrepresented groups throughout the nutrition field. ASN is the premier scientific/medical society in nutrition and is a professional home for over 8,500 nutrition scientists and health practitioners. As the face of science changes, ASN aims to nurture and support the talent and achievement of scientists and health practitioners from underrepresented groups. The society is also proud to be a leader in the struggle to promote health and reduce health disparities.

Advantages for our members include:

  • Access to education and professional development opportunities year-round and at Nutrition, ASN’s annual flagship meeting and Scientific Sessions
  • Networking events to meet colleagues and other industry professionals, including a special networking reception at Nutrition
  • Award opportunities and recognition, including travel awards for investigator-mentors at Nutrition
  • Professional development workshops and individualized career center access on-site at Nutrition

Access to research funding, grants, mentoring, scholarships, and fellowships

Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee

ASN’s Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee offers a chance to get involved and make an impact as a volunteer leader for ASN. The committee enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups in the activities of ASN by sponsoring special events and symposia.

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Join ASN today so we can increase the pool of minority scientists and maintain and retain those scientists with support of their activities and careers. We are planning to expand our efforts with an ambassador program, additional travel awards to more meetings, and co-programming with ASN student affiliate chapters.

Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition

Organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee and supported by DSM Nutritional Products

Purpose:This competition provides an opportunity for young investigators from underrepresented communities within the biomedical and life sciences to participate in the annual meeting by discussing their research findings. Finalists will strengthen presentation and professional skills associated with a career in the sciences.
Additional Requirements:Registered graduate student, medical student or medical trainee who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.

From a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, and Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai’i and American Samoa only.)
Process:Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award during abstract submission in the designated check off box.

During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided that addresses the applicant’s role in the research contained in the abstract; how the research connects to applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.

Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session to be held at Nutrition.

First, second and third place – winners will be identified from finalists following the oral session. Winners will receive a modest monetary award, pending external funding.

Questions about Membership?

Email us at mem@nutrition.org for outstanding questions about membership (including problems logging in or receiving e-newsletters) or problems paying your dues.