Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fields of nutrition and obesity: A roadmap to equity in academia

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center Taskforce to Advance the Careers of Researchers from Groups Underrepresented in Academia

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Research shows that a diverse faculty improves academic, clinical, and research outcomes in higher education. Despite that, persons in minority groups, usually categorized by race or ethnicity, are underrepresented in academia (URiA). The Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs), supported by the NIDDK, hosted workshops on five separate days in September and October 2020. NORCs convened these workshops to identify barriers and facilitators for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and provide specific recommendations to improve DEI within obesity and nutrition for individuals from URiA groups. Recognized experts on DEI presented each day, after which the NORCs conducted breakout sessions with key stakeholders who engage in nutrition and obesity research. The breakout session groups included early-career investigators, professional societies, and academic leadership. The consensus from the breakout sessions was that glaring inequities affect URiA in nutrition and obesity, particularly related to recruitment, retention, and advancement. Recommendations from the breakout sessions to improve DEI across the academe focused on six themes: (1) recruitment, (2) retention, (3) advancement, (4) intersectionality of multiple challenges (e.g., being Black and a woman), (5) funding agencies, and (6) implementation of strategies to address problems related to DEI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-671
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors' responsibilities were as follows: Samantha L. Martin, Tiffany L. Carson, and Michelle I. Cardel led drafting of the manuscript. Fatima Cody Stanford reviewed the manuscript and provided substantive feedback. The Underrepresented in Academia workshop was supported by the University of Alabama Birmingham Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease ( P30DK056336 ). Samantha L. Martin and Michelle I. Cardel were supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ( T32HL007457 and K01HL141535 , respectively). Fatima Cody Stanford was supported by the NIH NIDDK ( U24 DK132733 and P30 DK040561 ). All authors have read and approved the final version.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Obesity Society, The American Society for Nutrition


  • academic recruitment
  • and tenure
  • career development
  • diversity
  • equity
  • ethnicity
  • grant funding
  • inclusion
  • intersectionality
  • promotion
  • underrepresented in academia

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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