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Training Compassionate Educators and Students - A Focus on Marginalized Communities

This diversity symposium will address how to increase knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and cultural humility to best serve diverse patient populations. It will also promote diversity and inclusion in interprofessional training.

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This product is free for NEHP members.

This webinar was presented live on September 15, 2022.

Symposium Goals

  • To increase knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and cultural humility to best serve diverse patient populations
  • To promote diversity and inclusion in interprofessional training for diverse patient populations

This symposium is sponsored by a diversity grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

CPEU: 4.0
CPE Level: 2

Session 1: The Interns’ Perspective: How to be an Effective and Exceptional Preceptor

Have you ever wondered “how can I be the best preceptor?” and found yourself at a dead-end for answers on where to begin? Google searches on the topic provide standard answers without logical backing based in the field of dietetics. The Interns’ Perspective takes a deeper look into exactly what recent internship graduates are looking for in their preceptors. Additionally, it will investigate what the expectation of interns truly should look like. While all interns may not be created equal, there are a few key factors in making sure that you, as a preceptor, are providing a meaningful and engaging experience to your student.

Performance Indicators: 1.7.1, 6.5.6, 6.8.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify key applicable characteristics of an exceptional preceptor
  2. Describe the role of an intern in an internship/preceptor relationship
  3. Apply practical precepting tips to positively impact interns’ experiences

Session 2: Liberalizing Diet Orders Amongst Older Adults Using A Patient-Centered Approach in Acute Care

As dietitians, we are responsible for making sure our patients are being given adequate nutrition with consideration to their specific health conditions and individualized needs. The following webinar will cover the nutritional needs of the older population ages 65+ and our role as dietitians in providing appropriate patient-centered care in the acute care setting. We will go on to discuss the challenges that come up in ordering a restrictive diet in combination with the elderly population and the action steps the dietitian can take in his or her work setting to provide optimal care. 

Performance Indicators: 4.1, 4.2, 10.5.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will better understand the nutritional needs of elderly adults 65+
  2. Participants will learn about the impact of decreased appetite with restrictive diets on elderly patients in the acute care setting
  3. Participants will be informed of the action steps that need to be taken to dietitians to acknowledge decreased appetite in combination with the patients dietary needs in the clinical setting

Session 3: Centering the Voices and Experiences of Marginalized Through Anti-Oppression & Contemplative Pedagogy

For many underrepresented minorities (URM), numerous barriers exist to becoming a health professional. Greater levels of discrimination and bias reduces belonging and agency in URM students impacting recruitment and retention. Hurtado and Alvarado (2015) cite discrimination and bias as being antithetical to feeling a sense of belonging on college campuses for URM students. The sense of belonging for URM students has been positively linked to retention and other academic outcomes (Strayhorn, 2019). Faculty interaction and campus environment have been correlated to sense of belonging. Thus, faculty members Incorporation of mindfulness anti-oppression pedagogy provides a needed paradigm shift for dietetic educators to act with intentionality as they cultivate spaces of belonging for URM students. In this webinar we will examine our positionality and role in maintaining the status quo due to mental schemas which inform unconscious bias, and we will explore mindfulness anti-oppression pedagogy as a means to disrupt and dismantle.

Performance Indicators: 1.7.1, 1.7.3, 12.2.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the implications of social positionality on structures and systems
  2. Discuss how systems of power/hierarchy are maintained through tacit agreement
  3. Discuss the role of radical empathy and anti-oppressive mindfulness pedagogy in dismantling power systems and supporting marginalized students

Session 4: Believing Children are Our Future: Serving Equality & Impartiality with Child Meals

We spend our time investing in our careers. We spend our lives investing in society. We spend our talents investing in our futures. What happens when we are no more? How can we ensure our time, lives, and talents add value? Few things are more important than the well-being of a child. Children take what is given and what is absorbed to create all that is new. As nutrition and health professionals, how we inspire, serve, and nurture children determines the returns on our investments. Let’s delve into what it takes to maximize those returns for a brighter future.

Performance Indicators: 1.7.1, 6.5.6, 6.8.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Define Social Determinants of Health & systemic racism and explore their impact on equity and on the behaviors and mindsets of those we serve
  2. Examine how implicit bias, racial colorblindness, and microaggressions influence our interactions
  3. Summarize methods to provide optimal service and care throughout nutrition and health care environments


Aubrey Redd, MS, RDN, LDN

Aubrey Redd is the owner of the private practice Aubrey Redd Nutrition LLC, and culinary dietitian for Unite for HER nonprofit organization. In her private practice, she works with busy women struggling to find a place for nutrition in their lifestyle. At Unite for HER, she works with folks who have developed breast or ovarian cancer, and provides nutrition counseling and educational support for their respective needs.

Aubrey pursued her bachelor’s of science in nutrition & dietetics at West Chester University, and then went on to complete both her master’s in community nutrition and dietetic internship with the university as well. A golden ram through and through! She has experience in education working for Drexel University’s Eat.Right.Philly program, and is passionate about providing meaningful education experiences to students of diverse backgrounds studying nutrition.

Patricia Kolesa, MS, RDN

Patricia Kolesa is a registered dietitian based out of New Jersey. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics at Rutgers University then went on to complete her MS/DI at Wellness Workdays/Simmons University with a focus in Sports Nutrition and Entrepreneurship. Since obtaining her RD, Patricia has worked with several patients including weight management, heart disease, bariatric surgery, sports nutrition, diabetes and much more. Patricia began working as a clinical dietitian in April of 2021 at Old Bridge Medical Center under Hackensack Meridian Hospital System. During this time, she began reading more books focused on intuitive eating and anti-diet practices, which she translated over to her work as she saw decreased intake amongst her geriatric patients. As a dietitian, Patricia hopes to help others become more curious about food and become more aware of what food can offer us to optimize health outcomes.

Francoise Knox Kazimierczuk, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, & Nutrition Science at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the Healthy Foods Steering Community for the American Heart Association and Cradle Cincinnati’s Research & Evaluation Advisory Board due to her work locally in underserved communities and research with and for Black women. Additionally, Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk serves as a board member for The Well, a women’s wellness center focused on improving birth outcomes and maternal health in Kettering, Oh.

Dr. Knox-Kazimirczuk is passionate about addressing birthing and breastfeeding disparities through engaging and cultivating community assets to shift narratives, policies, and resources. This paradigm shift requires a thorough examination of societal structures which perpetuates power imbalances and scarcity in low resourced neighborhoods. Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk has used her experience as a trained Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Competence Development Inventory (IDI) and her twelve years of experience facilitating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) workshops to address inequities. Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk’s believes an integral component of systems change is supporting the community, enabling them to act agenticly.

Teresa Turner MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND

Teresa Turner is a registered dietitian, School Nutrition Specialist, and alumna of the historical Tuskegee University. As the Army Child & Youth Services Nutritionist at base Fort Meade MD, she manages the food service operations of six child and youth programs while also functioning as the Child & Adult Care Food Program Administrator. Teresa focuses upon child nutrition, nutrition education, and social justice, especially regarding food system inequity. Teresa is a past chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access Committee and currently serves as Secretary of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group and Immediate Past President of the Maryland Academy. She looks forward to what her service will contribute to the community and to the profession.

Release Date: September 15, 2022


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