SNA’s Professional Development Series: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

SNA’s DEI Professional Development Series

A Sneak Peek at Some of the Learning Objectives

  • Introduce frameworks and practical ways to value and appreciate human differences.
  • Apply a more intentional leadership approach to practicing diversity and inclusion.
  • Recognize unconscious biases that lead to discrimination, inequity and exclusion.
  • Describe the repercussions of exclusion and how it impacts your team and their productivity.
  • Discuss methods to create a more inclusive work environment.

SNA is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with clearly defined strategies for meaningful action. In fact, DEI is a fundamental element in SNA’ multi-year Strategic Plan. As a part of the Association’s efforts in this regard, and to coincide with Global Diversity Awareness Month, on October 1, 2020, SNA debuted a new DEI professional development series to provide members with valuable educational opportunities on this critical topic.

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We’re pleased to partner with national authority and fearless advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Nika White, for many of the key trainings, as well as school foodservice operators and others in school nutrition with expertise in this area.

If you missed the inaugural DEI webinar for leaders, Growing as an Intentional Inclusionist®, check it out On-Demand. Dr. White earned high praise from attendees ("This is the best diversity presentation that I have heard."). Additional DEI On-Demand education opportunities include:

  • How to Become a More Inclusive Team Member with Dr. White—for the heart of every K-12 foodservice team—school nutrition employees and frontline staff. 
  • Featuring SNA leaders (and rising stars) who have shaped the school nutrition profession, the webinar Celebrate Black History Month with SNA shares inspiring leadership journeys, discussions and celebrations surrounding the critical role school nutrition programs play to fuel all students for success.

Additionally, School Nutrition (SN) magazine's February 2021 issue and its upcoming September issue focus on the topic of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Plus, if you attended SNA's Virtual Annual National Conference (July 12-15, 2021), you can access all the DEI education sessions on the Swapcard platform through August 31.

Join us this Fall for two new webinar offerings:

  •  On October 13, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We'll introduce you to SNA leaders who have contributed not only to the school nutrition profession, but to their Hispanic/Latino/LatinX communities.
  • On November 10, take part in The Diversity Dilemma, a leadership workshop hosted by Ervin Watson, MBA. In this session, participants will analyze how their organization(s) may be unknowingly impacted by the culture they have created or inherited - and be given the steps to address your own diversity dilemma.

You can register for both DEI webinars, here. Be sure to check out SNA's wide variety of webinar selections.

DEI training must be an ongoing effort, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Thus, our series - which will continue to be delivered through webinars, conferences and SN articles - will feature a mix of first-hand lived experiences, thought starters, self-assessments and exercises, networking connections and suggested action steps. Stay tuned to and this webpage for the latest information.

It is our hope that our DEI offerings will help you, regardless of your role in school nutrition, gain practical ways to become even more culturally competent, curious, empathetic and self-aware. Make SNA a part of your DEI journey.

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