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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 […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Dean Spatafore

In celebration of Women’s History Month, our new virtual conversation series continues. Please join us on Thursday, March 11, at 5:15 p.m. for a conversation with VCU School of Dentistry’s first female dean, Dr. Clara Spatafore, also a past president of the American Association of Endodontists. Register directly via Zoom Webinar here. Women’s History Month […]

Spatafore named interim dean

Clara M. Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., has been named interim dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.  As the current chair of the VCU School of Dentistry’s Department of Endodontics and Oral Diagnostic Sciences, Dr. Spatafore comes to her new role with experience as an oral health and dental education insider. “Dr. Spatafore is […]

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