Dr. Natalie Riediger is an Assistant Professor and CIHR Early Career Investigator in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her expertise is in the area of food security, health equity, and Indigenous health. Much of her research is community-based and she utlizes mixed-methods to answer applied research questions. However, Dr. Riediger is increasingly drawn to answer research questions related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the nutrition and dietetics fields.
Inspired by the 2020 Film entitled “Picture a Scientist”, this discussion includes a candid conversation regarding the challenges faced by women and traditionally underrepresented groups in science, and how we as trainees can promote positive change. The goal of this discussion forum is to: Create a safe and respectful environment to share perspectives and personal experiences to generate awareness of the many challenges with promoting diversity in nutrition; Discuss the benefits of having diverse perspectives in our field of study; Identify ways in which we as trainees, can become involved in creating an environment of inclusivity that promotes diversity of perspectives in the field of nutritional sciences. Moderated by: Chelsey Walchuk, MSc, RD, PhD (c)