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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.

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

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We work with admissions, undeclared advisers and the Office of Equal Opportunity to improve and expand our student, faculty, and staff recruitment practices.

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Faculty and Staff - Submit a DEIJ Activity
  • 27% Racially Minoritized Students
  • 5% Student Veterans
  • 22% First-Generation Students


This is a sampling of Food Science and Human Nutrition courses with DEIJ content.

FSHN/HDFS 445 – Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Instructor Michelle Millholland changed readings to include selections with inclusive content and received a grant to incorporate inclusive materials in the course.

FSHN 455/500 – Food Systems – Impact on Health/Food Security

Assistant Professor Megan Mueller integrated material from “Towards an Equity Competency Model for Sustainable Food Systems Education Programs.” Content on racial/ethnic disparities was added, as well as discussions around equity and food insecurity.

FSHN 428 – Nutrition Teaching and Counseling Techniques

Shelby Cox, Director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center and instructor added emphasis on counseling individuals with disabilities, language/cultural barriers, and weight inclusivity. Assignments include cross-cultural interventions and there is a DEIJ emphasis in all topics.

FSHN 692 - Graduate Seminar Series

Associate Professors Dr. Sarah Ardanuy Johnson and Dr. Tiffany Weir are including seminar speakers every semester in the Graduate Seminar Series who address DEIJ with respect to nutrition and food science research and education.


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

Marisa Bunning, Professor and Extension Specialist

Dr. Bunning worked with translators to provide accurate translations of two of the food preservation factsheets and updated Food Safety Works training curriculum in English and Spanish.

Marissa Bunning

Sarah Johnson, Associate Professor and DPD Director

Dr. Johnson serves as a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The purpose of this committee is to ensure consideration, discussion, and advocacy of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all endeavors and initiatives associated with the education and training of registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered.

Sarah A. Johnson

Jessica Clifford, Extension Specialist

Jessica works with the Grow Smart, Eat Smart project and teaches four classes on container growing, food prep, recipes, food waste, and food safety education for low-income Spanish speaking populations. Her most recent pilot project took place in May/June 2022, “Garden to Kitchen”. A series of four classes to provide Spanish-speaking, low income and beginner gardeners tools to grow their own produce on a limited budget.

Nutrition counseling is offered with a weight neutral focus and is inclusive of all individuals regardless of disabilities, minoritized background, income level, mental health status, or gender identity. Counseling staff have undergone the Pride Center’s Safe Zone training to create a welcoming environment for all members of our LGBTQA+ community.

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.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Upcoming Events