About Us

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Member Interest Group (MIG)

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Member Interest Groups (MIGs) are groups of Academy members who share a common interest. As Academy organizational units, MIGs reflect the many characteristics of the Academy's membership and the public it serves. 

The Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) MIG was first created in 2018 to bring together members from the former Chinese (CADN) and Filipino (FADAN) MIG communities, and now strives to also include a wider breadth of the Asian and Pacific Islander population. Our members are practitioners and students from diverse locations, areas of practice and educational backgrounds.

AAPI MIG empowers members to be the leaders in cultural evidence-based practices in nutrition and dietetics for people of Asian and/or Pacific Islander origin or those interested in learning more about these cultures. The community fosters networking, mentoring and support for the professional issues unique to these cultural communities. AAPI MIG is a supportive voice in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in promoting the diversity and inclusion of all nutrition professionals.  

How to Join

Our amazing members make us who we are! See some information below about the demographics of our membership body (updated July 2021).     
Our MIG Goals
  • Serve as a professional voice that advocates for cultural topics, issues, and resources related to the nutritional health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Serve as a direct resource to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity and Inclusion Committee, other Academy internal units (e.g. Policy Initiatives and Advocacy, Lifelong Learning) and Academy members to increase understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion and cultural competency related to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Establish a connected community for our members to allow opportunities for the development of collaborative and supportive relationships.
  • Develop a wide breadth of educational resources for nutrition professionals and students to increase cultural competence and knowledge of different Asian Americans and Pacific Islander cultures and clientele.
  • Provide our members with ample opportunities for educational, professional, and leadership development.
  • Stimulate member learning and engagement through networking events and communication channels (discussion board, social media, newsletters, website, etc.).
  • Highlight and support our members and their accomplishments.

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