Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) are crucial for ensuring a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply worldwide. At IFT, we prioritize attracting and supporting a diverse global community, promoting equity, inclusion, and a strong sense of belonging across our organization. Together, we strive to build a future where everyone thrives.

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IFT by the Numbers

IFT began collecting enhanced demographic data to help us create data-informed diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.

IFT By The Numbers

Integral to Our Values

Inclusion is one of IFT's core values. This value guides us to actively listen, learn, and seek input from individuals of diverse backgrounds. We prioritize creating inclusive processes that foster consensus and promote equity within our community. Our decisions and actions are grounded in a deliberate effort to challenge assumptions, beliefs, and practices that perpetuate inequities in society and science. Through our dedication to Inclusion, we strive to build a community where everyone's voice is valued, contributing to a more equitable and impactful future of food.

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

What do we mean when we use the words diversity, inclusion, and equity?


Refers to the composition of a group of people from any number of demographic backgrounds, identities, and the collective strength of their various attributes


The act of establishing systems—which include policies, practices, and procedures—to ensure equitable access to opportunities and resources. Inclusion creates the infrastructure to leverage the collective strength we all bring.


The guaranteed fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all. Acknowledging the historically underserved and underrepresented populations and that fairness to remedy these unbalances is needed.

“Diversity and inclusion enhances and elevates everything to a whole different level, because we get to consider everything from so many different perspectives.”

- Behrouz Tilyayev, IFT member
Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion Starts with IFT’s Staff

In addition to supporting its members and broader science of food community, IFT strives to provide an inclusive and diverse work environment that embodies its core values of community, integrity, passion, progress, and respect.

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