Lindsay Krasna's Commitment to Anti-Racism
As a white dietitian and private practice owner working in the fields of eating disorders, nutrition and mental health, I recognize my responsibility in standing up to racism and working towards the eradication of white supremacist culture that is so rampant in these fields, and in our society at large. This includes acknowledging and challenging the ways my white privilege and racial biases show up. It also includes shining a light on the racist roots of fat phobia, oppressive body ideals, and diet culture messages that have infiltrated our healthcare system. I am committed to taking intentional, consistent and proactive actions that align with racial justice and improving access to inclusive, 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. While I know it will never be enough, some of the specific actions I've been taking with this 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, courses and groups such as the Unity Over Comfort course led by Monique Melton and the Body Liberation Group: From Knowing Better to Doing Better led by Jessica Wilson, MS, RD.
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, 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.