Diversity, equity and inclusion

The public comment period ended on September 14th 2020. Your voice as a School of Dentistry stakeholder is significant and we appreciate your perspective. Thank you for aiding in our commitment to value all people and experiences. More information concerning our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts is forthcoming.

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As the only dental school in the state of Virginia, VCU School of Dentistry is committed to valuing all people and experiences. A clearly communicated inclusive excellence statement should demonstrate an organization's commitment to the value of people from all backgrounds. It should include language that emphasizes the value of diverse cultures, experiences, thoughts, and contributions. 

Your voice as a School of Dentistry stakeholder is significant and we value your perspective. While public comment is not required by School of Dentistry policy, we believe that it is an important mechanism for our community to be informed about actions intended to critically engage the cultural, historical, physical and social landscapes of our institution. This level of accountability, openness and transparency is an essential step toward reconciling our collective past, present and future.

It is important to note that the public comment is not a poll or a vote. It is a voice. Stated another way, in this public comment, all voices are equal. It is not always easy to listen to voices that might differ from your beliefs, ideas and perspectives. But, as an institution of higher learning and provider of essential oral health care, we believe it is important to provide you with the context and opportunity to do so here.

Our inclusive excellence statement has been drafted by our director of diversity, equity and inclusion and our School of Dentistry diversity, equity and inclusion committee. Please read the proposed statement and provide your feedback via the Google form link.

All comments will be reviewed by the committee and be publicly viewable, but no personally identifiable information will be associated with them. 

Thank you in advance for your important contributions.

Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., FACD
Director - Diversity, equity and inclusion
VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Dental Care

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee 2020-2021

Aderonke Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Assistant professor
Department of Dental Public Health and Policy

Brionna Anthony
D.D.S. Class of 2021
Student National Dental Association president

Erin Block, D.D.S. 
Third-year resident
Department of Periodontics

Dineishia Brown
Department of Dental Public Health and Policy
Risk and Compliance office

B. Ellen Byrne, R.Ph., D.D.S., Ph.D.
Senior associate dean, academic affairs
and professor, Department of Endodontics

Harmeet Chiang, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.S., FAGD
Associate professor
Department of General Practice 

Enes Maxhuni
D.D.S. Class of 2021
International Dentist Program

Mayra Madalena
D.D.S. Class of 2021

Joshua McKoy
President, D.D.S. Class of 2023

Chase Phillips 
D.D.S. Class of 2021

Apurva Tadimari Prabhakar
Student, Ph.D. in Oral Health Research

Sonali Rathore, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate professor
Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

David Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S.
Dean, VCU School of Dentistry, ex-officio

Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., FACD
Committee chair
Director, Diversity, equity and inclusion
and assistant professor, Department of General Practice

Carla Tinsley
Risk and Compliance office

Sorin Uram-Tuculescu, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate professor
Department of General Practice

Tiffany Williams, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Director of student recruitment
and associate professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry