Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

IFT's commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that members and staff have access and opportunity to contribute to their fullest potential. As a science of food global community, IFT is uniquely positioned to embrace its diverse community and provide meaningful forums to encourage and foster inclusive opportunities for members to share, learn, and thrive.

IFT’s Diversity & Inclusion Promise

IFT strives to create a world where Diversity & Inclusion are universally valued as essential to advancing the science of food and providing a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone. Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion are key to IFT’s Mission by attracting and serving a diverse population of members, food science professionals, and staff by embracing a culture of inclusion.

DEI Discussions

As part of our ongoing commitment furthering our organization promise of Include, IFT will host DEI Discussions, a series of live virtual workshops that will address fostering a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Join Us for Our Next DEI Discussions Workshop

Beyond the Crisis Response: Turning Initial Dialogue into Sustained Action
Wednesday, November 18  |  10:00–11:30 a.m. (CT)

In this workshop, you will learn about the intersection between social, organizational, and personal responsibility in creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable world.

This DEI Discussion workshops is free to any IFT member or $20 for non-members, and they are available only as live events. Registration may be limited due to platform attendance capacity.

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Previous DEI Discussions Workshops

When possible, we will make recordings of DEI Discussion workshop events available following the event. Due to privacy concerns, not all workshops will have recordings available.

  • I Want to Engage in the DEI Journey. How Can I Do It? (September 2020)  |  Access the event recording
  • Building Work Relationships in a Virtual Work Environment (August 2020)
  • How to Be Inclusive in a Virtual Work Environment (July 2020)
  • Anger, Frustration, and Hopefulness: Exploring Racial Crises with Intention and Purpose (June 2020)

Association Forum Welcoming Environment Award Recipient

The Institute of Food Technologists is proud to announce that it recently received the Welcoming Environment Organizational Award from Association Forum. The Welcoming Environment Organizational Award is given to an association that has demonstrated exemplary outcomes in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and culture.

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IFT Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall

IFT recently held a virtual town hall event for all IFT members during which member and Past President, John Coupland, PhD, CFS, presented the set of recommendations developed by the Inclusive Systems Review Task Force in support of IFT’s Strategic Promise of Include. You can read an overview of the recommendations on our Brain Food blog, or watch a recording of the event.

Integral to our Promises

Along with developing, networking, innovating, and advocating, IFT had added the promise to include as part of its strategic objectives. As part of this promise, IFT’s has dedicated itself to three important pillars: diversity, inclusion, and equity. With the goal to leverage all three to advance its mission and the science of food.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: The Three Pillars

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

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.

Work for IFT

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