I was afforded the same privileges as @bethanydietitian
and think of this often. I’m aware that I get to do what I love every day due to immense privilege, which is uncomfortable to say. I don’t deserve this any more than anyone else.
Did you know dietetics internships are not only unpaid, but cost just as much or more as a semester at a university? We could have much more diversity in my field alone if not for this obstacle.
Yeah, we work hard in our trainings and programs to become a “professional” in a field/area AND I think it is so important to acknowledge that those of us with credentials are privileged. I have/have had access to trainings and education because of unearned privileges- the color of my skin (white), gender identity (cis), socioeconomic status (previously upper middle class), education status (graduate level), job status (previously full-time employment), body size (thin), sexual orientation (hetero), etc. There are so many humans, however, who have not had access because they do not have these privileges...because of things they did not have a choice over. Credentials [supposedly] identify providers who are specialized in a particular field or area of, however, I would challenge that it actually separates those who are privileged and those who are not.
This is such a tough conversation that at this time I’ve mainly had in my own head. I hear the argument that we want to make sure our healthcare providers are “educated” and “trained” so they “know what they’re doing”, right? But it is such a privilege to have access to education and trainings (not to mention how much bias and privilege is among the interventions and treatment methods that we learn about). Would love to know your thoughts! #privilege #credentials #healthcare #healthjustice #socialjustice #healthcareprovider #dietitian #radicaldietitian