Mission & History

We are the Student Dietetic and Food Science Association of California State University, Northridge.


Our Mission

The purpose of the Student Dietetic and Food Science Association (SDFSA) shall be to provide framework for meaningful student involvement, to stimulate professional interest, and to develop channels of communication between students, advisors, faculty, the Family Consumer Sciences department, and the community in the areas of Dietetics, Food Science and related fields.

View the 2012-2013 SDFSA Constitution by clicking here (pdf).



The SDA (Student Dietetic Association) came into existence due to a need of the Home Economics students in the dietetics option for an organization to serve their specialized needs for career and internship information and other matters in their field. It was also hoped that the organization could help to obtain a second-degree program in Food Service and Dietetics within the Home Economics Department.

By a unanimous vote of the CSUN Associated Student Senate, the Student Dietetics Association became a chartered campus organization on February 18, 1975. The officers pro tempore were selected by the committee of volunteers who started the organization. They included President Paulette Lambert, Vice President Phil Harvey, Secretary Joan De Vito, Treasurer Lisa Licavoli, and Historian Kathy Briggs. Lilian Parkin and Dr. Anne Stasch were the faculty advisors. The first semester of the SDA’s existence was devoted mainly to organizing the new group – writing a constitution, expanding membership, and establishing goals.

In May of 1975, new officers were elected for the 1975-76 school year.

[Submitted by Kathy Briggs, Historian, 1975]


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