Culture, Equity, Diversity and Race in Dietetics (CEDAR)

An online course for nutrition professionals.

You are committed to advancing health equity, and ensuring that all people have access to food and good health. 


You want to make your practice more inclusive, anti-oppressive, and equitable. 


You are committed to advancing the dietetic profession while advocating for systems of change in the food, health, and wellness industries. 


This work matters. 

Culture, Equity, Diversity, and Race in Dietetics (CEDAR), is the first of its kind. CEDAR is self-paced course that focuses on anti-oppression, anti-racism and cultural competency for nutrition professionals. Students will learn how to show up better, advance health equity, and learn ways we can collectively diversify dietetics. This is an action-oriented course where students are provided with real solutions, that they can apply to their professional and personal lives, to truly embody and work towards anti-racism. Dietitians are uniquely positioned to play an important role within both the food and healthcare systems, and it is imperative that we do the work to dismantle systems of oppression. 

Testimonials from CEDAR students

Nicole Spencer

Public Health Dietitian

"This course is amazing for any RD, regardless of how much prior knowledge is held about racism, diversity, equity, and social justice. Rosie shared valuable, timely resources with the group that I have definitely bookmarked. I am armed with data and stories to help me better work with an equity lens going forward. She also provided inquiry-focused, hands on activities to generate inquiry, and, most importantly, created a space that facilitated rich group discussion. I am so grateful to Rosie and this course!"

Cami Graves

Registered Dietitian in culinary nutrition and clinical nutrition counseling in low-income populations

"The CEDAR course provided me with a great place to start in anti-racism work as a dietitian. I went into the course feeling overwhelmed, knowing that I needed to be doing something, but not even knowing where to start. I have come away from the course with increased understanding, desire and awareness that I need to learn more, confidence in where I can start working now, and knowledge of tools and resources that I can continue to use to learn and grow in this area. The course readings, facilitated discussions, and lectures by Rosie provided me with knowledge of terminology, questions for self-reflection and critical thinking, resources for learning more, and a sense that although the work is big, and is lifelong, we as dietitians can play a role! Rosie does a great job introducing the topic, using her professional knowledge and lived experience, in a way that is straightforward, engaging, humble, inclusive, and positive. I truly appreciate the work that Rosie has done to present anti-oppression through the lens of nutrition work."

Erin Webley, MA RD

School Nutrition/Juvenile Justice

"The course gave me a better foundation to build upon. I'm really passionate about work in this area, so it also gave me the confidence to continue education and share it with others."

Braelen Hunt

Clinical Dietitian

I am so thankful for Rosie and the CEDAR course. I learned so much about the terminology, concepts, and obstacles that surround dismantling oppressive systems in public health. The sources provided were so helpful and opened my eyes to so many areas of opportunity for me to have an impact, both as a Registered Dietitian and as a human being. It was the perfect mix of group discussion, lectures, activities, and individual reading/homework. I definitely recommend this course to all RD's!

Linda Tucker

Health Coach

"Rosie provided information, resources, and an intentionally vulnerable space to deeply explore critically important topics related to not only our profession but also in my own personal life and community justice work. I will continue to reflect and expand upon what was shared and brought to light in this course. Thank you Rosie!"

Kelsey Vanden Heuvel

Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition

I learned about food justice and the food apartheid and the ways in which there is purposeful oppression within the food system. Examining the inequities related to COVID caused me to realize that these inequities are present in relation to all other issues as well; they are multifactorial and often intentional. I learned that the argument that dietitians are experts is a facet of white supremacy and that "lifestyle change" is often insensitively recommended to combat power-related circumstances. I saw the ways in which western science writes off the experiences of BIPOC people and assumes that white-centric solutions will apply to everyone. I feel empowered to be introspective, take social action while lifting the voices of those with lived experience, and start conversations with my peers and mentors about these topics."

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By the end of this course you'll ...

(what you will learn and what you will gain)

  • Critical thinking skills that can allow you to anazlyze and interpret information from a critical lens

  • How to honor diverse foods and ways of knowing

  • Strategies on how to advocate for and work towards a more inclusive and equitable food and healthcare system

  • A supportive community of like minded nutrition professionals committed to change

  • A renewed appreciation and understanding for the intersections between food, health, equity, and race

  • How to provide more culturally appropriate and culturally safe nutrition care to improve health outcomes

  • Confidence in your anti-racism and anti-oppression journey

You'll get access to...

  • Private Facebook Community

    You'll get access to our private Facebook membership for ongoing conversation and peer to peer support.

  • Access to learning supports

    For an interactive and valuable experience to help reinforce your learning. This includes quizzes, surveys, and reflection activities.

  • Certificate of completion

    A certificate of completion once you've completed the course in full.

Instructor: Rosie Mensah, MPH RD

Rosie Mensah

Rosie Mensah is a Toronto-based Registered Dietitian. Rosie is the voice behind the brand “The Rosie Nutritionist”, which is a wellness company that encourages people to build a healthy and enjoyable relationship with food. Rosie works alongside many organizations that advocate for food justice and health equity, and is on the Board of Directors of FoodShare and a member of the Black Creek Food Justice Network. Most recently, Rosie co-founded Dietitians for Food Justice, and developed an anti-oppression course for dietitians. Rosie has years of experience working with ethnically and racially diverse groups and been part of the movement to advance health equity and diversify dietetics. Additionally, academically Rosie has thoroughly explored topics including dietary acculturation and immigrant nutritional health, diversity in dietetics, and food insecurity.

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Testimonials from past students of CEDAR webinars

We learned things we can do right now.

"I enjoyed how we learned not only about the issue but what programs & strategies we can implement to combat the issue as future professionals."

I felt inspired and determined to play my part.

"It has inspired me to continue learning and building cultural sensitivity as well as finding my own voice to advocate for health equity as a registered dietitian."

Forward thinking perspective.

"Rosie, is a pleasure to talk to, and her insights on our profession are so informative."

FAQ

  • When does the course start?

    The course will be available in March 2021. You'll be able to complete the course at your own pace once it is available.

  • Are there any prerequisites for participating? ​

    The prerequisite for the course is an open-mind and willingness to grow!

  • How long is this course?

    The course consists of 6 modules that you can complete at your own pace. It is recommended that you give yourself 1-2 weeks between each module.

  • Are there live sessions?

    This course has been designed for you to complete it at your own pace. You will have access to our private member community where we host live discussions and Q &A s.

  • I am not a dietitian. Can I still participate? ​

    Yes! The focus of this course will be in the dietetic field. However, other industry such as holistic nutrition, food security, health coaching, and those who work in food and health can benefit from the information provided in the course.

  • Is this priced in USD?​

    Yes, all prices are in USD. There are two payment options to help make this course more accessible to you.

  • Are there discounts available for students or interns?​

    Currently there is no discount for students or interns.

  • Are refunds available? ​

    Due to the online nature of this course, there are no refunds available for this course once it has started.

  • Are there any continuing education credits available for these sessions?​

    Continuing education credits are pending for the course.