MSU Denver

Hosting Our First Annual MSU Denver-POHA Nutrition Diversity Conference

This year, the Department of Nutrition will be hosting our first Annual MSU Denver-POHA Denver Nutrition Diversity Conference!

The conference will be held Friday, September 10th, 2021 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

Our team is excited to bring you a day filled with presentations, a cooking demonstration, and a fireside chat where you can personally ask RDNs questions related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of nutrition and dietetics. To learn more, please visit our event website!

The presentations will be spilt up into two tracks: Track A and Track B. Presentations in Track A focus on topics related to culturally aware patient-centered care. Presentations in Track B focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity issues faced in nutrition and dietetics curriculum and as a profession. Track B also includes an update from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ DEI committee. Attend a full day of sessions to earn up to 11.5 CEUs.

Pre-Conference Event! MSU Denver’s trained clinical faculty, Dr. Jennifer Bolton, PhD, RDN and Anne Hovinen, MS, RDN will be providing a virtual NFPE training on September 9th, 2021.

Sign up for the Nutrition Diversity Conference and Pre-Conference NFPE Training to receive a discount on tickets!

This conference is supported by the Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (POHA) grant through the United States Department of Education-Award P031M190041.

Keynote Speakers

Ashley Carter and Jasmine Westbrooks are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Directors of a 501c3 nonprofit organization, EatWell Exchange, where they teach low-income communities of color how to eat their cultural foods in a healthier way.  EatWell Exchange provides cooking classes, gardening workshops, and professional training to educate people on the nutritional value of foods from around the world. Over the past 5 years, they have educated over 5,000 people to help prevent negative health outcomes.

Their bond started while pursuing their passion of preventing chronic disease through nutrition education. Some of their projects include traveling to Grand Goave, Haiti for a mission trip in 2018 and initiating a community garden that allowed over 65 families to grow and harvest their own food. After learning more about the health disparities that communities of color were facing, it became their mission to decrease negative health outcomes using foods that are familiar and beneficial to them.


Ashley Carter, RDN, LDN

Ashley’s passion for wellness began at a young age, having parents with type 2 diabetes and watching them try to manage their disease by making lifestyle changes. Originally from Miami, she noticed how her environment impacted her ability to achieve optimal wellness. For the past 9 years, she has been a Nutrition Educator, originally advising her peers in college as a certified peer health educator and now for families in lower income populations. Ashley believes the way we eat is highly influenced by our families, culture, access to foods, and our beliefs or religion.

Jasmine Westbrooks, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES

Jasmine works as a RDN at a diabetes outpatient facility and believes in a realistic approach to improving nutritional habits for better quality of life. Her interest in nutrition blossomed from health problems dominating her family’s life but could have been corrected through preventive diet measures. Jasmine has worked as a Nutrition Educator in the Florida Department of Health for 3 years. Throughout her experience and service within the community, she saw there was a huge need for nutrition education in minorities through culture.