From Bias to Belonging: 

Moving Beyond Buzzwords to Advance Equity and Justice in the Context of Nutrition

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022.  12:00 pm - 3:00pm ET


Speaker: Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital. He is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals and he has also been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services. READ FULL BIO

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce key concepts including equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice. Participants will be asked to critically reflect on how implicit, explicit and structural biases influence their practice and research. They will learn strategies to mitigate the influence of bias while co-creating safe/brave working and learning environments. The workshop will focus on the context of nutrition and health, while also being relevant to those in related disciplines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the concepts of bias, belonging, and justice, and their relevance to the nutrition context.
  2. Describe an empirically-derived model for bias recognition and management. 
  3. Explore ways to co-create systemic change to advance equity and address injustices.
  4. Discuss barriers and opportunities to creating inclusive work and learning environments.
  5. Identify personal and professional actions to contribute to equity, justice, belongingness, and inclusion within the field of nutrition.

Moderator:  Sukhinder Cheema, PhD and Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, RD


Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm.  All times ET. 

12:00 - 12:10
Welcoming Remarks
Introduction to the speaker and session
Alison Duncan, PhD, RD - CLICK FOR BIO
Sukhinder Cheema, PhD - CLICK FOR BIO  
12:10 - 1:00
Bias in the mirror
Dr. Javeed Sukhera - CLICK FOR BIO
1:00 - 1:10
1:10 - 1:50
From bias to belonging: An interactive exercise reflecting on personal and professional identities
Dr. Javeed Sukhera
1:50 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:40
Q&A – open consolidation and discussion 
During this segment, we will discuss specific ways to implement and advance justice and belonging in the context of nutrition and health. Participants will be invited to discuss challenges to implementation, including resistance to change. 
Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick  - CLICK FOR BIO
Dr. Sukhinder Cheema
2:40 - 3:00
Closing remarks and preview of future mini-conferences
Dr. Sukhinder Cheema /  Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick


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