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Compassion Research Study

Dr. Philip Joy is seeking help in recruiting for a new research study on compassion in eating disorder treatment among folks identifying as 2SLGBTQI+. Please share this information with anyone that might be interested in participating. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Joy or to arrange an interview contact Megan White.

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Seeking Admin Assistant for JCD

 The Journal of Critical Dietetics (JCD) is the international, open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal of World Critical Dietetics. JCD publishes research, writing, and art, that illuminates critical perspectives on topics and issues of relevance to dietetic knowledge, education, and practice. In this context, the word “critical” refers to research, writing, and art that seeks to advance anti-oppressive, liberatory knowledge and action within and through dietetics. JCD publishes works in several categories, including original empirical and theoretical research; research conducted using quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and arts informed methods; reflexive writing; art and photography; book reviews; and opinion pieces. JCD is published up to four times per year, and includes regular and special, topically-focused issues. 

The Administrative Assistant is a member of the JCD Editorial Collective and provides ongoing administrative support to the Editor(s) and Associate Editors. 

Please review attached document for position details.

To apply, please send a letter of interest explaining relevant knowledge and experience along with a current CV to Debbie MacLellan ( by 4:00 pm AT on July 8, 2022. (deadline extended)

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Blacks and Racism in Dietetics: Special Issue now Live

We are delighted to share with you that our most recent issue, Blacks and Racism in Dietetics, is now available to view. Thank you to our guest editors, Jill White and Alison Brown, who hosted the launch and shepherded this compelling issue from inception to completion. Also, thank you to the authors whose voices are a clarion call to what needs to change in dietetics to have it be more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. We can’t publish peer-reviewed research without peer reviewers. Thank you to everyone who provided helpful feedback to the authors going forward and finally, thank you, Kerry Beake for getting the files ready to share publicly.

Please read and share this issue with everyone. Let these articles be an urgent guide for transformative action. Let these authors “be the throat of these hours” (Dunlop, 2002, p. 33) and let us engage in conversations with colleagues and friends about what we will do. Let these conversations inspire new inquiry for sharing in the Journal of Critical Dietetics. Let this moment matter.

Dunlop, R. (2002). The body of my garden. Toronto, ON: Mansfield Press.

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Solidarity with the Asian-Pacific Islander communities

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.”

– Grace Lee Boggs, Democracy Now interview, 2010

Grace Lee Boggs

World Critical Dietetics (WCD) stands in solidarity with the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) communities by bringing a call to action to stop API hate violence. Anti-Asian hate violence rates have doubled in 2020 in some cities across the world, with API members being harassed, pushed, robbed, stabbed, raped, and killed. This is due to the racist rhetoric and scapegoating surrounding the API community with the rise of COVID-19 cases, in line with historical API scapegoating worldwide. Anti-API hate stems from racism, White supremacy, and settler colonialism. For example, API indentured servitude on plantations and railroads, the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Internment Camps of World War II, and the continued racist attacks after 9/11 on the Muslim, Sikh, Arab and South-Asian communities are only some of the events that continue to haunt our communities.

The recent mass shootings resulting in the murder of six Asian Women at three Atlanta-area spas as well as four members of the Sikh community at a FedEx in Indianapolis, Indiana has sparked national outcry for government and community support in dealing with the rise in violence against the API community. We are losing parents, siblings, relatives, partners, and friends simply because they fit the stereotype of someone “dangerous”, “suspicious”, “exotic”, “weak”, or “less than”. These stereotypes are deeply rooted within our society and culture, where they create purposeful divisions between communities. The division of marginalized groups is a fundamental factor for maintaining institutional oppression and the status quo, solely at the expense of those divided. We live in a society that normalizes living in fear, enduring acts of hate, and managing our trauma, but we can use these experiences to empathize with one another, despite differences in race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. So now, as in the past, we need to come together to support one another, and fight against those who attempt to harm our communities

WCD will use our power and voice to amplify marginalized communities so they can speak about their challenges and concerns. WCD condemns all anti-Asian hate speech and actions, and stands in solidarity with the API community.

We stand committed to take the following actions:

1.    We will seek, listen, and learn from the stories of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to discuss barriers and matters about race.

2.    We will continue to educate ourselves and others about the ways racism is perpetrated in BIPOC communities, and how to address the dismantling of negative rhetoric and stereotypes.

3.    We will use our space and resources to create an ongoing platform for BIPOC communities.

4. We will work with BIPOC communities to identify the needs and create resources to support dietitians, healthcare providers and researchers in anti-racist work.

5. We will advocate for social justice through research, education and practice that addresses social and health inequities.

WCD is in the process of creating a comprehensive action plan to address racism within WCD, within dietetics which will be shared for feedback shortly.  

We stand in solidarity with the most oppressed and will fight for a world free from racial violence, human suffering and exploitation, where equal access to life is valued for all.

In Solidarity, 


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Let’s Launch!

We are very happy to share that our next Journal of Critical Dietetics
Launch Party – Digesting a Pandemic – is

Friday, May 28

1-2 pm PST//4-5 pm EST//9-10 pm BST

Meet the authors and Ann Fox, Guest Editor, and hear more about their contributions to this timely issue.

Everyone welcome! Here is our zoom link:

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Our 2nd Special Issue – Digesting a Pandemic

This special issue was guest edited by Dr. Ann Fox, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University. It was late last spring when Dr. Fox reached out with the idea of a pandemic special issue and these three papers, plus the editorial are the result. You can find the articles on our Journal site or, in an effort to make the articles even more accessible, we are posting the PDFs below. Please share widely and when the date has been determined, we look forward to you joining our Pandemic Issue Launch Party!

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World Critical Dietetics Newsletter

ISSUE 01 | WINTER 2021

Note: newsletters are sent to current WCD members. To become a member click here!
Contents at a glance…

A message from the president, Jennifer Brady (p.2)
Book announcement, Alissa Overend (p.3)

Journal of Critical Dietetics Report, Debbie MacLellan & Jacqui Gingras (p.4)
Tribunal on Racism in Dietetics, Jill White (p.6)
2020 conference recap, Christin Seher (p.7)

A call for 11th and 12th annual conference organizers, Christin Seher (p.8)

Reflections, Kheko Lewis (p.9)
“Where do we go from here?”, WCD Board of Directors (p.11)
Newsletter coordination by Board Member, Maya Hey, Member-at-Large. 
For questions, please contact

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Opening Remarks

Christin Seher, 2020 Conference Organizer

Welcome to the 10th annual World Critical Dietetics virtual conference!

While I wish we could be gathering in person, and I could have shared a piece of my home town, Akron, Ohio with you, I am excited you are here and spending part of your time with us at this year’s conference.  We welcome those of you who are new to World Critical Dietetics, as well as our long-time friends and colleagues from around the world. 

We have an amazing line up of speakers this year, each of whom will push us to “call in” and “call out” the ways in which we, as food and nutrition professionals and global citizens, contribute to, participate in, and can work to dismantle the systemic structures leading to nutrition and health inequities.  Our opening keynote A Tribunal on Racism in Dietetics has been viewed by more than 800 people around the world and featured a powerful group of Black women speakers and those who stand in solidarity to engage a poignant dialogue on racial justice in the profession.    

In subsequent conference sessions, you will hear from a variety of students, practitioners, educators, and scholars as they bring forth some of the most pressing questions facing dietetic practice, in brave and vulnerable ways.  This is not your typical academic conference.  I urge you to tune in with an open heart and mind, a compassionate and inquisitive spirit, and a commitment and passion for working towards solidarity and justice. 

Sessions will convene via WebEx over the next three Fridays in November, with links sent via email to the sessions each week.  Pop in when you can, wear what is comfy, and bring a snack.  We know that everyone is video conferenced out!  Sessions for this year’s conference will not be recorded but if you are looking to get in touch with a speaker regarding their presentation, you can find their contact information in this year’s conference proceedings.  We encourage you to reach out and connect with those whose stories speak to you.  World Critical Dietetics is as much about community building and connection as it is about critical inquiry and activism.     

If you are not already, I encourage you to become a WCD Member.  Memberships support the work of our organization, such as the publishing of the Journal of Critical Dietetics, an important outlet for scholarship and critical voices in the profession. 

Membership information can be found on our blog: here or by emailing

Current members, we look forward to updating you on the growth of WCD and giving you a sneak peak at our plans for the year (new website and logo, special issues of JCD, and more!) at our AGM on Friday, Nov 27th.  Make sure to register in Eventbrite and join us to help us set our priorities for the year.

Finally, as we all will join in this learning opportunity from traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples of around the world, I encourage you to make space during this conference to acknowledge the history of the land which you occupy and the roles and responsibilities you hold as guests on their territories.  Further, I would like to express gratitude to those who protect and steward the gifts and teachings offered by Mother Earth; for us and generations to come.  You can learn more by visiting:

With compassion,

Christin Seher

WCD Board Member & 2020 Conference Organizer

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WCD Conference Reminders

Online registration:

-The 2020 WCD Conference committee

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WCD Conference updates & preliminary presentations and workshops

Given the extraordinary circumstances of this year and in the interest of inclusivity, we would like to make the WCD 2020 virtual conference more accessible to all who are interested. For anyone who does not have institutional support, conference registration will be based on ability to pay.

We have also published the preliminary conference presentations and workshops.

If you registered only for the Tribunal and would like to attend the entire conference, we encourage you to return to the EVENTBRITE registration page.

If you are a conference presenter and wish to attend presentations or workshops outside of the concurrent session you are scheduled to present, please register for the conference in order to receive access to presentation links. 

If you have paid for your registration based on the original fee model and would like resubmit your registration under the ability to pay please contact our treasurer Julie Rochefort at

Our mission is to advocate for and support dietetics education, practice, and research that is transdisciplinary, trauma-informed, compassion-centered, and justice-enhancing.

We seek to engage dietetics practitioners, students, scholars, educators, equity-seeking communities, and decision-makers that create space for critical inquiry to co-learn, challenge oppression, and a dietetics profession that includes, serves, nourishes and is accountable to all.      

Looking forward to connecting together at this years conference,

WCD Board of Directors

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