Project: Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Nutrition and Dietetics: Overcoming Obstacles to RDN Recruitment, Education and Advancement
Funded by: The Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) and member leader Diane Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND
Dr. Marie Allsopp is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Nutrition Science. Through her fellowship, she is building on the important work of the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee to build a framework to identify and more fully understand barriers to success for students of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her work includes identifying barriers that students of diverse backgrounds and cultures face in becoming RDNs and NDTRs; identifying obstacles for RDNs and NDTRs of diverse backgrounds and cultures in advancing in the profession; creating a framework with solutions to support students, RDNs, and NDTRs of diverse backgrounds and cultures; and enhancing pre-professional and continuing education for RDNs and students in the area of cultural competency and cultural humility to support the United States’ diverse population.
Maire is passionate about pursuing pedagogical practices to increase undergraduate student engagement as well as diversity and inclusion. Her line of scholarship of teaching and learning includes using multi-media to engage students, collaborative learning, service-learning, and flipped classrooms. In fall of 2019, Marie was a fellow of Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), which was a Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 Innovator for promoting classroom culture change. Prior to joining academia, she accrued over a decade of work experience as a registered dietitian in clinical, community, and customer service settings in in the South. Subsequent to completing her Doctor of Public Health degree in 2015, Marie held full-time posts at Miami University (OH) and later at Mississippi State University. Marie Allsopp has received recognition professionally as a practitioner, program (DPD) director, and assistant professor for her dedication and service and is a member of NDEP, NOBIDAN, and the DBC DPG.