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VCU School of Dentistry celebrates MLK Day and National Day of Racial Healing

Contributed by Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., director of diversity, equity and inclusion and the ethics curriculum and associate professor at VCU School of Dentistry Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Jan. 17 A celebrated humanitarian, civil rights activist, freedom fighter and advocate for nonviolent social change, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his […]

Lyndon Cooper named dean of VCU School of Dentistry

Lyndon F. Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, effective April 18. Cooper currently serves as associate dean for research and head of the Department of Oral Biology at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. “Dr. Cooper is an internationally renowned and innovative patient-oriented researcher and […]

VCU Dental Care and CHoR team up with Glen Lea Elementary School to keep kids healthy and in the classroom

When a student sees the school nurse for a stomachache, tooth pain or other non-emergency medical situation, parents are often asked to pick them up and come back with a note from the doctor. This means kids miss school and adults lose time from work or other responsibilities. A new program between Children’s Hospital of […]

Success starts with admissions

VCU School of Dentistry’s Interview Days provide a window to the next four years for prospective Doctor of Dental Surgery students VCU School of Dentistry recently completed its final fall Interview Day for 2021, an exciting process during which Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) applicants visit the school for a mix of orientation and interviews. […]

‘That is a brilliant idea’: Faculty and students are creating dental supply kits for Afghan refugees

A group at the VCU School of Dentistry has put together over 100 bags of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash that will be distributed to refugees at Fort Lee. After the August withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Omar Abubaker wanted to find out how one of his students, Nadia Abdul-Ghafoor, a native of Afghanistan, was […]

Diversity Dialogues: Native American, American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 2021

Written by Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at VCU School of Dentistry Native American, American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, often referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month, is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. […]

VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic receives interior design award

The VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic located in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Children’s Pavilion was recently awarded an Interior Design Excellence Award by the Virginia/West Virginia Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Completed in January, the clinic brought VCU Dental Care’s downtown pediatric dental care under the same roof as […]

Dean Spatafore creates new communications role, Massey Cancer veteran tapped for position

John Wallace, former communications professional with VCU Massey Cancer Center, will join the VCU School of Dentistry on Oct. 11. As Director of Communications, he fills a new role at the school, one created by Interim Dean Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S. “Strong institutional communications are critical to our mission,” Spatafore says. “John Wallace brings multifaceted […]

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 […]

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 […]

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