ODEI First Tuesday: Featuring Dr. Julie Plasencia from the University of Kentucky
March 9, 2021 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Contact: For more information contact Ayodele Dare at ANR.DEI@campusad.msu.edu.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources community to attend the ODEI First Tuesday Event.
The March event features features Dr. Julie Plasencia, a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky with a joint appointment at the College of Dentistry - Diagnosis, Wellness and Prevention Clinic.
These monthly discussions are open to all though are geared toward graduate student concerns.
First Tuesday events are an opportunity to hear from diverse scholars and professionals from the agriculture and natural resources industry, government and higher education disciplines speak about their own career and life paths, as well as their research, work or opportunities in a variety of fields.
Register to receive the online participation details. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background on Dr. Julie Plasencia
Dr. Julie Plasencia is a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky with a joint appointment at the College of Dentistry - Diagnosis, Wellness and Prevention Clinic.
Plasencia completed her undergraduate studies in international business administration and chemistry at Alma College. She then completed her master's degree and doctorate degree in human nutrition through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. Her research interests are in investigating how culture influences dietary behaviors in Mexican Americans with diet-related chronic diseases.
Before her academic career, Plasencia worked as a clinical and community dietitian in diabetes education with Hispanics/Latinos in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her path toward a career in academia was not conventional, and her practical experience in the area led to her interests in research and education.
As a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, Plasencia is part of a team comprised of five clinicians working on a primordial prevention initiative with an elementary school. She was also awarded a Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) grant by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to offer an experiential learning experience to undergraduates. Students will be gaining valuable clinical experience and completing a research project to provide nutrition-focused disease prevention education to prepare students for careers in nutrition and dietetics.
The CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers First Tuesdays events as an opportunity for MSU graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, guest speakers and peers to interact outside of the classroom. Guest speakers include diverse scholars and professionals from the agriculture and natural resources industry, government and higher education disciplines.