Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

The College of Dietitians of Ontario is committed to informed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) action that leads to sustainable and meaningful change in carrying out its public protection mandate. The College is taking action. We invite you to visit this page in the future for news and updates on DEI initiatives upon which the College is currently working.

New: Take the CDO Public Survey

In January 2022, the College will launch an eight-week survey of the public, which seeks feedback as to whether individuals have directly or indirectly experienced prejudice or discrimination during their involvement with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. The purpose of the survey is to explore how equity and anti-racism may influence the work of the CDO. 

Have you contacted the College, sought information from the College, or otherwise interacted with the policies, processes, or staff at the College? We encourage you to share your experience and feedback regarding equity and racism in any aspect of your interactions with the College.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous. No personal identifying information can be shared. Once you complete the survey your answers cannot be withdrawn. While we encourage you to answer every question, you are welcome to decline to answer questions as well. Click on the following link to begin the survey: CDO Public Survey: Equity and Anti-Racism.

EDI-B Taskforce

In May 2021, College Council struck an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDI-B) Task Force to advise CDO on its role in overseeing and monitoring the response to and implementation of EDI-B initiatives within the College.

The task force, which held its first meeting in May 2021, is informed by appropriate legislation, regulations and policy. Dr. Javeed Sukhera, an expert in the field, was retained to work with the College on EDI-B education and related work. Key objectives of the task force are to:
  1. Foster awareness-raising and ongoing learning related to EDI-B for CDO and stakeholders.
  2. Build capacity within CDO to recognize and address issues related to EDI-B.
  3. Ensure sustainability of EDI-B-related initiatives within CDO.
  4. Develop and monitor metrics related to EDI-B within CDO.
In November 2021, Dr. Sukhera delivered a report to the College, which included a literature search, environmental scan, internal and external engagement, and a policy audit, to inform the future work of the College.

EDI-B Education & Review

During 2021, College Council and staff engaged in focus groups facilitated by Dr. Sukhera, on EDI-B education and experiences. Consultation was provided to the professional practice team in developing an Annual Workshop series for dietitians, "Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias," which was delivered during the Fall 2021. Under the leadership of the EDI-B Task Force, the College initiated a policy review and changes in a number of areas.

Indigenous Awareness

As part of this commitment to DEI, College Council approved an Indigenous Land Acknowledgment in 2021, which is read at the start of all Council meetings. The College also recognized the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. In December 2021, Council participated in a Cultural Mindfulness education session led by George Couchie, a member of the Red-tailed Hawk Clan who lives on Nipissing First Nation, and delivers Native Awareness Training Programs and Initiatives.