Class of 2023: Graduate student advocating for inclusivity for LGBTQ+ dietetics professionals
Claire Tibboles felt compelled to help impart change
By Laren Kowalczyk ‘07
Bowling Green State University graduate student Claire Tibboles is using research to help highlight the need for inclusivity among dietetics students and early career professionals in the LGBTQ+ community.
Tibboles, a registered dietitian nutritionist, surveyed students, interns and early career professionals in the LGBTQ+ community as part of her master’s project for the University’s Food and Nutrition program.
She wanted to understand LGBTQ+ individuals’ perceived acceptance in the field and ways healthcare organizations could improve inclusivity — spurred by her own experiences in rotations.
“Part of me felt like this was my duty,” said Tibboles, who is graduating from BGSU April 29 with a master’s degree in food and nutrition. “I didn’t feel like I had a choice because if I didn’t do this research, who would?”
Tibboles' research and numerous contributions to the profession garnered her the Graduate Emerging Leader Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
“The thing I love about Claire is that she wants to learn,” Hamady said. “She wants to get to the bottom of whatever we’re learning about and is passionate about everything she does. She has done a lot for BGSU and the profession, and we look forward to seeing the impact she continues to have in the future.”
Updated: 04/26/2023 09:46AM