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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

In the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition we’re devoted to building a supportive community of different perspectives to drive innovation.

As a department we work with multiple groups on campus to enhance our understanding and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices.

We are committed to infusing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into our curriculum, research activities, and community partnerships.

Associated Students of CSU

The ASCSU is the Student Voice on Campus! The Elected Representatives of ASCSU advocate for CSU students on campus and at the local, state, and national levels of government.


Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee consists of faculty, staff, and student representatives.

Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions.

Faculty and Staff - Submit a DEIJ Activity
  • 25% Racially Minoritized Students
  • 6% Student Veterans
  • 24% First-Generation Students


Food Science and Human Nutrition outreach and Extension programs focus on reaching diverse communities with important health and nutrition information.

  • Reducing food and water waste in Colorado: A summer graduate student intern worked with our Extension team to develop and distribute a survey to gather information from consumers related to their efforts to reduce food and water waste. Our aim was to share solutions that empower state residents to address emerging community issues, such as the growing volume of food waste sent to landfills and the shrinking availability of water resources. The survey was offered in English and Spanish and online resources developed from this project will be translated to Spanish.
  • Development of handwashing posters: In response to a Salmonella outbreak associated with a livestock event, we partnered with Weld County Health Department to develop handwashing posters in English and Spanish to post at their county fair. The posters were also shared with county agents across Colorado to be used at their county fairs and we provided 16 posters in English and Spanish to the Colorado State Fair.

Alena Clark, Instructor

Our purpose in developing an inclusive lactation training program is to develop a racial equity assessment tool to analyze the impact of policy, procedures, services and budget decisions on maternal and child health populations of color. Without this critical equity assessment and evaluation data, we will not be able to clearly document how the Lactation Consultant Training Program is meeting the needs of the maternal BIPOC communities in Colorado.

John Wilson, Assistant Professor

  • Leading MURALS research students in product development research by collaborating with the Black/African American Cultural Center, the Art department, and the homebrewing community to develop a beer and non-alcoholic beverage for different celebrations.
  • Collaborating with El Centro to develop community-building activities with their student group.
  • Piloting a class examining fermentation’s role across different cultures.
  • Developing a relationship with the Black Brewers Association for collaboration with the Ramskeller Brewery.
John Wilson

Get Involved

We value and encourage participation by students of diverse backgrounds in our department activities. Check out these opportunities for ways you can get involved.