Lindsay Krasna's Commitment to Anti-Racism
As a white dietitian and private practice owner working in the fields of dietetics, eating disorders and mental health, taking an actively anti-racist approach to my work is important to me. It's important because the more I've been learning about how exactly white supremacy shows up, and the racist history of the United States healthcare system as a whole, the more I see how institutional racism and status quo approaches to treatment both unfairly advantage people who look like me while simultaneously harming communities or color (and marginalized communities in general). I want to advocate for and be a part of something different. I want to take an approach to my work that respects the humanity of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) and other marginalized communities.
I am committed to taking intentional, consistent and proactive actions that align with racial justice and improving access to affirming, culturally inclusive care. I aim to infuse an anti-racist lens into each dimension of my clinical work, collegial collaborations, and our practice's team culture. This includes acknowledging and challenging the ways racism and white privilege show up in myself. It includes shining a light on the racist roots of fat phobia, oppressive body ideals, and diet culture messages that have infiltrated our healthcare system. It also includes being open to the gift of feedback, seeking to repair harm without centering myself when I've done something problematic, and fighting the urge to prioritize my own comfort in race-related conversations.
Some of the other specific actions I've been taking with the aforementioned commitment in mind include:
1. The creation, management, and ongoing solicitation of funds for the LK Nutrition Scholarship Fund for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) clients with eating disorders and financial hardship.
2. Participation in anti-racism education such as the Unity Over Comfort course led by Monique Melton, the Body Liberation Group: From Knowing Better to Doing Better led by Jessica Wilson, MS, RD, and the Racial Healing Anti-Racism Series led by Dr. Nathalie Edmond.
3. Ongoing individual supervision and training with anti-racism consultants to help ensure I’m providing thoughtful, quality clinical care to my BIPOC clients and supervision to LK Nutrition associates, as well as considering the specific needs of BIPOC individuals in our practice policies and team culture.
4. Financially supporting organizations focused on causes that center the needs of BIPOC, including: Diversify Dietetics, Covenant House, My Black Body Podcast, Nalgona Positivity Pride, FEDUP (Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations), Free Black Therapy, American Indian Community House, Nutriologicas, the BIPOC Eating Disorders Conference, and the LK Nutrition Scholarship Fund.
I remain hopeful for a day when the nutrition, mental health and eating disorders fields are experienced as truly safe, supportive and accessible for BIPOC clients and professionals at every intersection.