2021 WCD Conference

Conference Theme

The driving theme of the 2021 conference, CRITICAL DIETETICS IN ACTION, seeks to highlight examples and practices embodying daily acts of resistance, deep collaboration with diverse communities, redressing power dynamics, and putting into action the commitment of Critical Dietetics to advancing liberation through different form of advocacy and activism. To facilitate action for justice-enhancing change, the conference will create opportunities for attendees to build connections, explore, translate, and integrate critical dietetics into practice.


Dr. Anthony Ryan Hatch, Ph.D., is a sociologist and Associate Professor and Chair of the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University where is he is also affiliated faculty in the Department of African American Studies, the College of the Environment, and the Department of Sociology.

He is the author of Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (Minnesota, 2019) and Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (Minnesota, 2016). He recently appeared in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising and lectures widely on health systems, medical technology, and social inequalities.

Dr. Hatch received the 2022 Robin W. Williams Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Eastern Sociological Society.

Conference Program

Day 1: Thursday October 21st, 2021

***Note all times are in US (EST)- 5UTC***l All session will be recorded and made available for one month to registrants***

11:00 – 11:15am WELCOME – Welcome and Zooming into WCD 2021 Jane Lac and Jacinta Sherlock
11 – 11:45 amEvelyn Ford Crayton Student Leadership and Community Engagement Award Introduction of the award, Jill White and Jennifer Brady Award Presentation, Dr. Evelyn Crayton Student Remarks
11:45 am – 1 pm
OPENING KEYNOTE: Fighting Metabolic Dominance: Theories and Strategies for Regime Change
Dr Anthony Ryan Hatch, sociologist and Associate Professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA
1:15 – 2:45 pmINDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS (30 minutes each)  

The Oral History of Critical Dietetics: What has been left unasked?
Nikita Rose, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Leading critical capacity building: Reflections on the complexities of facilitating anti-oppressive/anti-racism training for dietetic preceptors in a peer-training model
Eric NG, University of Toronto, Canada
Nadia Pabani, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Toronto, Canada
Mikahelia Wellington, Dietitians for Food Justice

Indefensible: Student Hunger at X University
Maria Jude*, Sam Stewart*, and Jacqui Gingras*
*X University
3:00 – 4:30 pmROUNDTABLE
Changing mainstream conversations: Reframing dietitians’ roles in food justice work through Nutrition Month
Dietitians for Food Justice: Nadia Pabani, Meaghan Boddy, Christabel Menezes, Tyrah Azemia, Christina Lee, Aarti Mody, Angela Le, Yohana Ogbamichael.
4:30 – 5:15pm
The AGM is open to all members, and all members are encouraged to attend bring a meal or snack
5:15 – 6:45pm
Scoping Fat Food Justice: Where Fat Studies Meets Food Studies
The Fat Food Justice League
  7pm – 9pm INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS (30 minutes each)  

Examining power dynamics in the Aboriginal foods industry in Australia
Julia McCartan*, PhD Candidate, Associate Professors Julie Brimblecombe* and Professor Karen Adams
*Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Discussing the relevance of intersectionality in Australian dietetics: Issues of diversity and representation
Robyn Delbridge, Regina Belski, Jason Skues, Natalie Jovanovski  

How is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition research framed in Australian Literature? A critical discourse analysis
Emma Chittleborough*, Robyn Delbridge*, John Coveney*, Tamara Mackean*, Roland Wilson*, Annabelle Wilson*  
*Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

The role of Communities of Practice in improving practice in Indigenous health and education settings
Ellen Wynn, Robyn Delbridge*, Claire Palermo, Annabelle Wilson*
*Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
7pm – 9pm
Food racism and social justice- Multicultural students
Student Workshop, Pecha Kucha Style Presentations facilitated by Jill White, Dominican University, Chicago, Il, USA
Feedback from attendees and sign off

Day 2- Friday October 22nd, 2021

11:45 – 12:00pm Intro/reminders/recordings

Indigenous knowledges as food literacy
Tabitha Robin (Martens), Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 

Enacting critical dietetics in the curriculum – centering student experience and social justice
Anna Brisco, RD & Raihan Hassen, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada 

Trans voices in dietetic education
Kathryn Fraser*, Marin Whebby* & Nat Quathamer
*Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1:40pm-3:10pmROUND TABLE

Troubling HAES as a social justice framework
Jacqui Gingras, University X, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Christin Seher, The University of Akron, Ohio, USA

Democratizing Plant-based Diets for Global Health and Resilience
Dr Ryan Phillips*, Dr. Kathleen M. Kevany**, Dr. Pamela Fergusson**, Dr. Tushar Mehta**
* University X, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
**Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5pm – 6:30pm

It Literally Can Save Lives”: Exploring How Dietitians Can Challenging Cis- and Hetero-Normativity within the Profession
Phillip Joy, Duygu Gunaydin, Drew Burchell, Nicholas Hickens
5pm – 6:30pm
Imagining and Amplifying Fat Liberation in Dietetics
Elke Kleihauer-Ward, Expressive Arts “Pracilitator”  and Miranda Burgess, MPH, RD
MEAL BREAKPrepare and share your favorite childhood meal
7pm – 8:30pm

Long-Term Outcomes of a Community of Practice for Dietitians Working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Ellen Wynn, Claire Palermo, Robyn Delbridge, Annabelle Wilson  

Collaborative pairs: disrupting power in healthcare
Nic Juniper* & Jacinta Sherlock*  
*Orygen Youth Health,  Parkville, Victoria, Australia

A socially just dietetic profession – A visual journey of possibility *peka chuka style*
Kerry Beake, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australia
8:35-10pm CLOSING REMARKS and BREAK OUT REFLECTION Digestion session – small breakout groups – what are the next steps

Should you have any questions, please email the conference hosts

Conference Hosts

Jane Lack and Jacinta Sherlock