Webinar: Racial Intersectionality in Weight Inclusion (Part 1)
This webinar is part 1 of a 2-part series. The second webinar will be held on Monday, Sept 14 @ 2 PM ET.
Dietitians work with people from all walks of life and are well trained to focus on client-centred care. However, we may be imposing our own unconscious assumptions based on our identities and experiences onto clients which hinder the effectiveness of counselling. The concept of intersectionality is becoming an important consideration in the healthcare field to enhance the quality of care provided and reduce harm. As Kimberlé Crenshaw, the critical-race theory scholar and lawyer said, when we can’t name a problem, we can’t find a solution that is effective to resolve the issue. People who have intersectional identities face unique challenges and compounded exclusion in their day-to-day lives. Dietitians, therefore, need to be able to comprehend the effects that influence their counselling and understand how intersectionality plays into weight inclusive practice which is rooted in social justice as well.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- What is intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion
- How the body liberation/body positivity movement is co-opted from Black femmes and why intersectional representation is necessary
- Why intersectionality and dietetics are complementary to each other
- Activities that can bring awareness to our positionalities
All registrants will receive access to the webinar recording, transcript, and resources. Proceeds from this webinar will be donated to Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre per Safeena’s request.
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Safeena Jabar is a dietetic intern completing her Master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is passionate about working with people to improve and maintain their wellness from a non-diet, weight inclusive approach. Safeena has a special interest in the impact of food on wellbeing based on her knowledge of complex historical and institutional factors that have shaped our food landscape. Health and social inequities persist through these systems, so Safeena believes advocating for change through educating and empowering her fellow health care practitioners, local communities, and national organizations is imperative to ensure a future where all people have equitable access to appropriate healthcare.
Tara Gallimore RD MSc is a Canadian expert in plant-based nutrition and sports nutrition. As a Black woman, Tara’s veganism is part of her radical intersectional approach to feminism and social justice. She earned a bachelor’s of Kinesiology, played soccer for 10 years, and is one of 15 Dietitians in Montréal who is ESIM (Excellence Sportive de l’Île de Montréal) certified. She teaches sports nutrition at the National Circus School using a weight-neutral approach, and her Master’s degree from McGill University looked at the barriers to vegetarianism amongst veggie-curious folks.