Metrowest Nutrition is Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
Metrowest Nutrition’s physical offices are located on the stolen, ancestral land of the Pawtucket and Nipmuc Peoples. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who stewarded it through generations, recognizing the significant, lasting impact the genocide resulting in loss of this land has impacted its true owners.
We are committed to creating a space that nurtures diversity, inclusion, equity and body liberation. Those with marginalized identities are at a far greater risk for eating disorders and other mental illnesses. We strive to create a space that feels welcome to all. A large part of this is representation. We acknowledge that the field of nutrition and dietetics operates from a predominantly white, weight-centric, cis-gendered, able- bodied paradigm. The mental health field and the eating disorder field in particular, lack representation of marginalized individuals. We recognize that or 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. Diversifying Our Team
Our clients come from all walks of life and so do we. We intentionally hire individuals with varied backgrounds and lived experience. Our diverse team provides a rich environment for personal and professional growth. Clients benefit from receiving care from individuals with shared cultural values and lived experience.
2. Ongoing DEI Consultation
We completed an intensive diversity, equity and inclusion training through 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. Over the period of 12 months, we worked with Desiree Adaway in partnership with Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD and Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC of Be Nourished. We seek ongoing consultation as needed and regularly host speakers representing marginalized groups to help us deepen our learning. We continue to engage in regular, small group discussions.
3. Diversifying the Dietetic and Mental Health Fields
Members of our team participate in organizations aimed at diversifying the dietetics and mental health fields. We also offer mentoring, shadowing and internship opportunities for Black and BIPOC individuals who are interested in learning more about our areas of work. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.