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Celebrating PRIDE at VCU School of Dentistry

Contributed by Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACD, associate dean of inclusive excellence, ethics and community engagement. Continuing on our path towards a more inclusive School of Dentistry, we wanted to take a moment and reflect upon PRIDE Month and the recognition of our LGBTQ+ community members—patients, students, staff, and faculty. Pride is a beacon […]

Class of 2023: Military scholarships provide a path to dentistry for four graduates

The U.S. Military Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in careers in health care who would also like to serve their country. This year, VCU School of Dentistry has four graduating dental students who have made a year-for-year commitment to service in exchange for education. Read on to learn […]

Class of 2023: Youngest in her class, Destiney Coles aspires to inspire

Destiney Coles is the youngest graduate of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2023 at VCU School of Dentistry. At just 20 years old, Coles graduates this week with a bachelor’s degree at an age when most of her peers typically start the program.  “This week, I accepted an award from the school for clinical excellence […]

2023 Senior Awards Ceremony

An annual tradition during graduation week at VCU School of Dentistry, the Senior Awards Ceremony recognizes students who went above and beyond what was expected of them during their time at the school. This year, 54 awards were given honoring students in our Doctorate of Dental Surgery and Dental Hygiene programs. Please join us in […]

Dr. Carlos Smith named associate dean for inclusive excellence, ethics and community engagement

VCU School of Dentistry has named Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., F.A.C.D., as the inaugural associate dean for inclusive excellence, ethics, and community engagement, effective April 24.

Dean Lyndon Cooper receives Academy of Osseointegration’s William R. Laney Award

VCU School of Dentistry Dean Lyndon Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., accepted the William R. Laney Award at this year's annual meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration.

VCU School of Dentistry’s national prominence on display at ADEA Annual Session

A group of VCU faculty, staff and students pose for a group photo at the ADEA Annual Session

DEI and Ethics Director Carlos Smith wins inaugural ADEA faculty leadership award

Carlos Smith, D.D.S., diversity, equity and inclusion and ethics director for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, was honored at this year’s American Dental Education Association’s Annual Session with the inaugural Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford Faculty Leadership Award. Jeanne Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., became the first female dean of a U.S. dental school in 1975 […]

M.S. program helps Alexis Fakunmoju pursue her passion for research training on a path to dentistry

“‘Education is something that nobody can take away from you.’ I’ve heard that so many times from my dad, but he’s right,” said Alexis Fakunmoju, who is planning to graduate this spring in the first cohort of students in the oral biology track of the Microbiology and Immunology M.S. program jointly administered by VCU School […]

VCU School of Dentistry brightens kids’ smiles at annual oral health event

Nearly 80 children from Richmond and surrounding communities smiled a little brighter thanks to VCU School of Dentistry’s annual Give Kids a Smile event on Friday, February 17, 2023. Give Kids a Smile is a national movement started by the American Dental Association encouraging oral health care providers to offer a day of free dental […]

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