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