Metrowest Nutrition’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
Metrowest Nutrition is committed to creating a space that nurtures diversity, inclusion, and body liberation. We acknowledge that the field of nutrition and dietetics operates from a predominantly white, weight-centric, cis-gendered, able- bodied paradigm. For many of us on the team, our own implicit bias, unexamined racism, and lack of prioritization has contributed to the marginalization of individuals with non-dominant identities. We are deeply sorry for any harm this has caused and are working hard to make changes. Here are specific action steps we are taking:
1. Providing Equal Opportunity for Employment
Our clients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes us stronger. A diverse team allows for a richer environment for growth and better service to our clients.
2. Hiring a DEI Consultant
We have hired the Adaway Group, a black woman-owned firm that provides consulting and training services in the areas of race equity, inclusion, social justice, strategic planning and organizational change. Along with Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD and Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC of Be Nourished, the Adaway Group is providing us with regular trainings, coaching and consultation.
3. Diversifying the Dietetic Field
Several members of our team, including our owner, Amy Gardner, are volunteering for organizations including Diversify Dietetics and Boston Alliance for Diversity and Dietetics (BADD) to help increase diversity in the dietetics and nutrition field. We also offer mentoring, shadowing and internship opportunities for Black and BIPOC individuals who are interested in learning more about the field.