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Content Analysis of Websites of Didactic Programs in Dietetics for Evidence of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Published:October 21, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2022.08.012

      Abstract

      Objective

      To examine websites of didactic programs in dietetics (DPD) for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-related language and to assess perceived gender and ethnic/racial representation in images.

      Methods

      We conducted a content analysis on the first 6 website images and 3-elements of DPD (n = 212) websites (mission statement, goals and objectives, and the immediate landing page). Descriptive statistics and a website DEI score were calculated.

      Results

      Equity and inclusion-related terms appeared on < 5% of websites. Diversity and culture-related terms appeared on about one-third of websites. On average, researchers perceived 28.45% of people in website images as non-White, and 20.11% as non-female. Most websites received low DEI scores.

      Conclusions and Implications

      The DPD websites had a limited representation of DEI-related terms and image representation of individuals perceived to be non-female and non-White. Leaders of DPDs may consider displaying and describing the program's commitment to DEI on the website for potential students.

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