Rylee Charbeneau is a newly registered dietitian who has an interest in connecting the science of nutrition with cultural relationships to food. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from La Salle University in Philadelphia in 2020. The final months of her dietetic internship were completed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which taught her how to adapt to engaging with others about health through online platforms. Her intern experience, both in-person and mediated online, incited a passion in her to meet people not only in their place of nutritional need but also in their personal connections and preferences around eating.
Desiring to further her understanding of different perspectives and relationships with food, Rylee is now obtaining a master of gastronomy in world food cultures and mobility from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her program has a wide array of classes that concentrate on global cuisines, sustainability and sovereignty of food systems, food policy and public health, and specifics of regional gastronomies.
Upon finishing her master’s, Rylee will return to the United States and plans to apply this newfound knowledge to the communities around her in a dietetic setting. In the meantime, she is immersed in the Italian language, systems, and culture and has the privilege of participating in an international community within her program and university. Her master’s class alone represents 14 different countries from around the world, which has fostered growth and understanding both inside and outside of the classroom. She hopes to continue to cultivate this kind of interconnection and open-mindedness throughout her career.
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