Speaker Tamara Melton
Tamara is the co-founder and Executive Director of Diversify Dietetics, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the field of nutrition by empowering nutrition leaders of tomorrow. At Diversify Dietetics, Tamara leads a team of diverse and dedicated nutrition professionals and students who provide resources such as mentorship programs, application preparation, academic course remediation, scholarships and more to BIPOC dietetics students, interns and young professionals. Tamara also leads the development and delivery of training for dietetics educators and preceptors. These trainings teach strategies and skills needed to support diverse students in dietetics programs. Tamara has over a decade's experience in education and academia, and has taught and advised thousands of students from diverse groups. Tamara spent several years at Georgia State University, working as an advisor, admissions counselor and a nutrition faculty member. She was then promoted to be the inaugural program director of the Lewis College’s Health Informatics undergraduate and graduate programs. As program director, Tamara implemented several unique strategies to attract and retain BIPOC and first-generation college students in the health informatics programs. It was after witnessing the success that her students experienced in health informatics that Tamara got the idea for a nonprofit that would provide support strategies tailored to the needs of diverse dietetics students. No matter where she is working, Tamara is an educator at heart. She loves the challenge of teaching and tailoring teaching methods to the needs of her students. Tamara enjoys learning and exploring different pedagogical approaches and implementing them in her work with students. Tamara lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two young daughters.