Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

The College of Dietitians of Ontario is committed to informed equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) 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 regularly for news and updates on EDI initiatives upon which the College is currently working.

New: Governance Committee and EDI

In its March 2022 meeting, Council approved a motion to amend the Governance Committee terms of reference to include Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) responsibilities.

Aneita Chang Appointed CDO EDI Lead

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The College of Dietitians of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Aneita Chang, CHRP, as lead of the College's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives. A graduate of the University of the West Indies with a master of science degree in human resource development, Aneita recently joined the College in the role of Manager, Human Resources.

In this inaugural role, Aneita will collaborate with Council and College personnel as we continue our efforts to bring EDI to our processes and policies. As EDI Lead, Aneita is also committed to listening, learning and being reflexive in collaborating with members and the public on this journey towards EDI.

CDO Public Survey

In January 2022, the College launched 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. This survey concluded as of April 1, 2022.

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.