Diversity Belief and Commitment

Diversity Belief and Commitment

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is committed to a welcoming and inclusive collegiate community for all students, faculty, staff and patients.

Diversity allows us to embrace the unique qualities of an individual; enhances the educational environment for our future dental practitioners; and provides the foundation on which we can better serve our patients with cultural sensitivity and competence.

The College of Dentistry is committed to the university’s core values of: diversity, equity, and inclusion; student success; research and discovery; and engagement. This is reflected in the college’s strategic plan.

DEI Office

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is responsible for cultivating and championing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, residents, and patients.

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Diversity

Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences. This includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, and associational preferences. 

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Equity

Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities—historic and currentthat advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities.

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Inclusion

Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members are and feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and are able to participate and achieve to their potential. While diversity is essential, it is not sufficient. An institution can be both diverse and non-inclusive at the same time, thus a sustained practice of creating inclusive environments is necessary for success.

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Dentistry Receives Two Innovation Challenge Awards

Thursday, December 2, 2021
The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center announced their Fall Innovation Challenge Awards, which included two dentistry-related proposals. These awards are aimed at identifying and supporting the most innovative and entrepreneurial projects in a university-wide competition. Dentistry's award winners were Salah Abuhammoud and Melika Farshard.
Roy Irons Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Year Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Roy L. Irons

Friday, October 8, 2021
Mississippi native Roy L. Irons (’76 D.D.S.) came to Iowa in 1972. Coming from humble beginnings, Irons made the most of the opportunities presented to him, and he has become a leader in the dental profession in Mississippi and the nation while dedicating himself to being a resource and example for the community, particularly those who lack support and opportunities.
Judy Greenlea Taylor Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Judy Greenlea Taylor

Friday, October 8, 2021
Throughout her dental education and career, Judy Greenlea Taylor (’91 D.D.S.) has made it her mission to improve public and oral health for underserved populations—whether through leadership roles in organizations dedicated to that cause, in providing excellent care to her patients, mission trips, or in service to her state and local community.
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Leonardo Marchini Receives Grant to Support Final Development of Ageism Evaluation Tool

Friday, July 9, 2021
The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation awarded Dr. Leonardo Marchini a grant to support the final step in the development of a tool to measure the degree of ageism among dental students. The tool will be used to develop and evaluate specific strategies for addressing ageism among dental students with the goal of improving the oral health of older adults.

Dental DEI Events

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SHPEP Iowa 2022 Info Session

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
A free six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program with housing, meals, stipends, travel assistance, guidance and so much more? Say less! First and second year undergraduates interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health are encouraged to apply. This session will explain eligibility requirements, the application process, and a sample SHPEP schedule. Visit shpep.org or contact monique-galpin@uiowa.edu for more info!
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SHPEP Iowa 2022 Winter Break Info Session

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Virtual
A free six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program with housing, meals, stipends, travel assistance, guidance and so much more? Say less! First and second year undergraduates interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health are encouraged to apply. This session will explain eligibility requirements, the application process, and a sample SHPEP schedule. Visit shpep.org or contact monique-galpin@uiowa.edu for more info!
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SHPEP Iowa 2022 Info Session

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
A free six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program with housing, meals, stipends, travel assistance, guidance and so much more? Say less! First and second year undergraduates interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health are encouraged to apply. This session will explain eligibility requirements, the application process, and a sample SHPEP schedule. Visit shpep.org or contact monique-galpin@uiowa.edu for more info!

University DEI Events

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ASC/BUILD: The Culture Behind Sexual Assault, Replacing Rape Culture with Consent Culture

Monday, December 6, 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Virtual
This workshop is part of the Advocating for Safer Communities (ASC) certification program for people wanting to learn more and/or serve as allies and ambassadors for RVAP. The Culture Behind Sexual Assault interrogates the way that our society is set up to both subtly and overtly support sexual violence and offers participants a framework to challenge rape culture in their own lives. The session discusses the repercussions of not challenging rape culture, gives participants tools for critically…
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SHPEP Iowa 2022 Info Session

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
A free six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program with housing, meals, stipends, travel assistance, guidance and so much more? Say less! First and second year undergraduates interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health are encouraged to apply. This session will explain eligibility requirements, the application process, and a sample SHPEP schedule. Visit shpep.org or contact monique-galpin@uiowa.edu for more info!
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Authoritarian Tendencies Across the Globe

Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Virtual
As a follow-up to Professor Timothy Snyder’s Ida Beam lecture "History and Freedom: The Past, Present, and Future of Tyranny," International Programs, the Department of French and Italian, and the European Studies Group will host a roundtable of international experts for a discussion entitled "Authoritarian Tendencies Across the Globe," on Thursday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m., via Zoom.  With Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Russ Ganim serving as moderator, panelists will…