Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

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.

IFT Awarded for Welcoming Environment

IFT received the Welcoming Environment Organizational Award from Association Forum. The award is given to an association that has demonstrated exemplary outcomes in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and culture.

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Integral to our Promises

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. To emphasize this commitment, IFT's strategic promises include a promise to "Include." As part of this promise, IFT 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. Learn more about IFT's Strategic Promises.

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.

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.

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Diversity, Equity, and 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).

IFT’s DEI Discussions workshops are free to any IFT member or $20 for non-members. To protect the privacy and open nature of the conversations, recordings may not be available.

Upcoming DEI Discussion Event

Past DEI Discussions & Workshops

  • I Want to Engage in the DEI Journey. How Can I Do It? (September 2020)  |  Available On-Demand
  • 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)

IFT Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall
IFT 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.

“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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