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hPod explores health professional careers

The School of Dental Medicine was one of several Anschut Medical Campus programs to host more than 200 local middle and highschool students during the 7th annual hPod (Health Professional Opportunity Day). Learn more.

Dental ARCH expands pipeline programs

Dental ARCH (Achieving Readiness in Careers in Health) is a new program launched to expose the younger generation to the exciting career opportunities available in dentistry. Learn more.

Volunteer with Us

Alumni, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer during an upcoming event.  Contact us to learn more.

Diversity and Inclusion

About Our Office

At the School of Dental Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we are committed to supporting our students, faculty, staff and patient community. We know that achieving diversity within our school has a strong, positive effect on the quality of a dental education program.

Diversity helps us to advance student, resident and faculty achievement. It enables us to better support the diversity of patients that we are privileged to serve. And by valuing diversity, we can better inform our research agenda and make meaningful contributions to improving our community’s health. 

Did you know that only 5% of 2012 graduates from a U.S. dental school were Black, 7% Hispanic, and 1% Native American? And yet our general population is far more diverse than the profession that we are currently training. If we are to build a profession which reflects the diversity of our patient community, then we need to build new pipelines into the dental profession. We need to identify talented, promising students who can bring new perspectives, backgrounds and representation to our programs. We need to welcome them to our school, support their academic and professional achievement and encourage as they complete their dental education. And that’s where our office fits into the mission of the school.

Reporting through the Associate Dean for Diversity, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion incorporates a team of faculty and staff working across the school and within our community. We are currently expanding our programs and partnerships to enhance communication, improve accessibility to resources, and position the school to better support our many constituents.

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, or wish to partner with us, then please contact us for more information


Did you know?

Since 2005, the number of underrepresented students enrolled at the School of Dental Medicine has doubled and 34% of our faculty and staff identify themselves a racially or ethnically diverse. Our International Student Program admits 40 internationally-trained dentists each year enhancing the international environment within our school.


In our clinics, much of our patient communication is available directly in English and Spanish, and we offer translation services to better serve and support our patients.


But we like to look beyond the numbers.  Get to know the individuals whose experiences, backgrounds and cultures help to define the diversity that we embrace at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Read more


CUSDM Welcomes New Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

The CU School of Dental Medicine welcomes Dr. Kenneth Durgans as our new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Durgans brings a wealth of experience in leading diversity and student life initiatives at other institutions to include Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis.  He will help lead new programming to support all students, faculty and staff members in our diverse community.  A respect for difference and the richness it brings to our education, research, patient care and community engagement programs is an integral component of the school’s current strategic plan.  We look forward to Dr. Durgans’ contributions to the CU SDM family. Please join us in giving him a warm Colorado welcome.

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