Diversity

New Scholarship Represents a ‘Decisive Step Forward’ Toward Greater Equity in Dentistry

New Scholarship Represents a ‘Decisive Step Forward’ Toward Greater Equity in Dentistry

January 13, 2021

Beginning this year, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) will be able to offer scholarship support to dental students from underrepresented minority backgrounds with financial need through the Freeman, Grant, Franklin Scholarship. The endowed fund was recently activated with a capstone gift made by Colgate-Palmolive Company. It has also been supported by HSDM alumni and community members dedicated to expanding diversity in dentistry.

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Joseph L. Henry

Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellows Pursue Dynamic Goals in Public Health

November 13, 2020

Drs. Siobhian M. B. Sprott, and Shelly D. Taylor were recently awarded the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, awarded each academic year, is an academic degree-granting program with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders in minority health, health policy, and oral epidemiology. The program is named after Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s first African American full professor, Joseph L. Henry who also served as the School’s interim dean from...

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Drs. Bertini and Franklin

HSDM Alumna Reflects on Progress and Potential to Address Racial Inequities

November 10, 2020

Fifty years ago, Dolores Mercedes Franklin, DMD74, PD76, became the first woman of color to attend Harvard School of Dental Medicine and one of the first five women to earn a DMD degree. A trailblazer throughout her life, Franklin, a global leader in oral health policy, achieved many firsts in her career, paving the way for future generations of women and individuals of color in dentistry.

Today, she sees a pressing need to address racial inequities in oral health care in light of COVID-19. She...

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HSDM students meeting with participants in the Bridge to Dental School program.

"Bridge to Dental School" Program Goes Virtual

July 27, 2020

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) is offering its Bridge to Dental School program for the second year in a row. The free 10-session program is aimed at encouraging diverse representation in dental school applicants by providing prospective students with mentorship and coaching from current HSDM DMD students. The interactive program held on...

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Dr. Teran

A Q&A with Dr. Vincenzo Teran Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

July 8, 2020

Dr. Vincenzo G. Teran joined Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) earlier this year as director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and instructor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. He also serves as an instructor for the Department of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Teran shares more about what drew him to HSDM and his thoughts on creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment in the following Q&A interview.... Read more about A Q&A with Dr. Vincenzo Teran Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Jeffrey Taylor, DMD20

A Reason to Smile

May 18, 2020

Jeffrey Taylor’s passion for art and science led him to the field of dentistry where he hopes to combine these interests to make a difference.

After he graduates from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in May with his D.M.D., Taylor will pursue a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery where he’ll one day reconstruct damaged jaws, fix life-altering facial deformities, and give hope to those who need a reason to smile again.... Read more about A Reason to Smile

Bridge to Dental School workshop

HSDM's Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

August 15, 2019

For the second year in a row, Harvard School of Dental Medicine has been honored with an Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Award honors colleges and universities nationwide that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

"We've created exciting pipeline programs on campus and have reached hundreds of students, but to truly expose talented students to HSDM, we also need to take HSDM to where they reside and study,” said Josephine Kim, former Director of Diversity and Inclusion.... Read more about HSDM's Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

student in lab

Building Bridges

June 3, 2019

The path to a career in dentistry isn’t always clear when you don’t know the first steps to take. It can be particularly challenging for first generation college students or students from underrepresented minority backgrounds who may not have a mentor in the profession. A new “Bridge to Dental School” pipeline program designed by Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to change that.

Starting in June, thirty undergraduate college students from the greater Boston area will begin a 10-week program designed to...

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2019 May 13

2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi: Caring for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities and Global Health

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

REB 106

 

Abu Dhabi Trip

Over spring break, six HSDM students traveled to Abu Dhabi, which was the site of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games and features a program called Special Smiles and provides dental screenings and care to athletes. HSDM students will share their experiences participating in the Special Smiles program and how inclusive programs like this are essential to providing positive dental experiences to all patients.
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