Diversity Dialogues: Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

By Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry National Hispanic Heritage Month, or Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, is annually celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the U.S. in an effort to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of celebrates the culture and contributions […]

DEI 2020-21 Annual Report

By Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACD Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Director of Ethics Curriculum & the Mirmelstein Lecture Associate Professor, Department of Dental Public Health and Policy and Affiliate Faculty, Oral Health Equity Core, VCU Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation It is my pleasure to share our 2020-21 Office of […]

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A message from SNDA at VCU SoD

Significance of Juneteenth: Emancipation of enslaved African Americans Hello Everyone, We hope you all are enjoying your day off. As of June 15, 2021, Juneteenth has been officially recognized as a federal holiday! Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) marked the day where African American slaves in Texas received their freedom.  Weren’t slaves free when the Emancipation Proclamation was […]

PRIDE: resources and reflections

From the office of Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry. Continuing on our path towards a more inclusive School of Dentistry, we wanted to take a moment to both reflect  and celebrate PRIDE and the recognition of our LGBTQ+ community members – patients, students, staff and […]

Celebrating Juneteenth

A message from Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry, under the auspices of both the State of Virginia and the greater Virginia Commonwealth University, recognizes Juneteenth as a state wide and university holiday on June 18, 2021. As part of the School […]

Honoring Colonel James Avery Booker, Jr., D.D.S. ’61

Honoring  Colonel James Avery Booker, Jr., D.D.S., M.D., FACS  introduction by Carlos Smith, D.D.S. M.Div., Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director of Ethics Curriculum Assistant professor The great novelist, poet and activist, James Baldwin is known to have said of history… “History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to […]

AAE Coolidge Award presented to Dean Spatafore

Dean Spatafore received the Coolidge Award from the American Association of Endodontists at a virtual ceremony on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Named for Edgar D. Coolidge, a pioneer in endodontics who was instrumental in establishing the AAE, the award recognizes individuals who exemplify his extraordinary vision, leadership, and dedication to the specialty. Recipients of this […]

It’s OK to not be OK

It’s OK to not be ok – Continued [racialized] violence and why dialogue matters in the journey to racial equity and inclusion By Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., MDiv, FACD Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion; Director, Ethics Curriculum Many in the dental profession are known to be high achievers – rightly so, navigating the landscape of […]

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