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Diversity and Inclusion

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The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry is committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse educational and patient-centered environment. We believe in embracing everyone’s unique differences, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, military status, ability, and socioeconomic status to create a learning environment that promotes equity, access, and excellence.   

Through open dialogue, intentional interactions, and enriched learning opportunities, students, faculty, staff, and patients alike benefit from the diverse and inclusive culture of the College. The faculty, staff, and students of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry strive daily to promote the values of diversity and inclusivity in all that we do. Together with campus partners such as the Office of University Community, Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Services, Disability Resource Center, Veteran Student Services, and others, we provide resources, support, and advocacy to create an equal and welcoming experience for all. 

Events and Activities

Throughout the years, The College of Dentistry has hosted and attended several events that celebrate our diverse community. The Diversity Council has hosted events such as a Diversity Film series, A Taste of Culture, and A Day in the Life. Each of these events have been well attended by faculty, staff, and students.

Each year, students, staff, and faculty of the OU College of Dentistry attend Unity in Medicine, an event hosted by the OU College of Medicine. The event is an opportunity for students from all seven colleges at the OU Health Sciences Center to gather to discuss how different backgrounds and experiences contribute to each other’s’ roles in the healthcare field. The event promotes diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration across campus. 

Community Conversations are hosted by the Office of University Community and held monthly to discuss social justice issues/topics as well as current events that affect the Health Sciences Center community. These conversations serve as a way to hear from all faculty, staff and students as well as educate each other to create an inclusive and welcoming campus community.  

Other events the Office of University Community hosts include a Black History Month Book Drive, Celebrating Women’s History Month Movie Screening, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, World Mental Health Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month.

Implicit Bias Training is offered as a two-hour training when requested.  This training seeks to enhance the understanding of implicit bias and help individuals identify their own biases and how their biases can affect their interactions with others as well as patients.