Make it an “On” Day

It is my pleasure to share this message of inspiration and introspection authored by Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., our director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Dean David C. Sarrett A new year is often an anticipated event. A time to reset, start anew and perhaps even make a resolution or two. Resolutions often give us […]

The events of this past week in our Nation’s capitol

By David Sarrett and Carlos Smith We all should be saddened by the violent events this week in our Nation’s Capital.  Political division has, and always will, exist in our country.  For political division to devolve into violence, personal injury, and property destruction in the building where debate is supposed to find solutions to political […]

2020 – Year End Review

While there are those who may wish 2020 were already over, I have to admit that I am not one of them. I can’t remember a time in my professional life when I’ve been more proud. Never before have we come together to meet such a crisis head on. To solve a problem. To boldly […]

DEI committee report

From Dr. Carlos Smith, our director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), comes the following update highlighting his and his committee’s important work to shape institutional leadership surrounding diversity, cultural sensitivity, and health inequities. I applaud Dr. Smith’s leadership and vision as well as his committee’s commitment to address changes needed in our school and […]

One team united

The events leading up to Election 2020 mean different things to different people, but one thing is certain: your voice is critical to our democracy.  If you have not already done so, be sure to exercise your right to vote. Because we are remaining open for patient care on Tuesday, Nov. 3, plan the trip to […]

Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week

In spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week took place Oct. 19th – 23rd. The week of virtual events presented speakers highlighting a variety of topics from oral health disparities and cultural sensitivity, to clinician wellness and workplace laws. Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Smith, our newly appointed […]

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion update

A joint submission by Dean of the School of Dentistry, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div. At the School of Dentistry, we value a professional, ethical, inviting, and supportive atmosphere for all. Our purpose is to create and maintain an academic health care community where […]

Carlos Smith named new DEI director

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carlos Smith as the School of Dentistry’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In this inaugural position, he will serve as a key member of my leadership team with oversight for all diversity, equity and inclusion activities that support students, residents, faculty and staff […]

New leadership role for Dr. Susie Goolsby

As Director of Student Recruitment in the school’s Admissions Department, Dr. Susie Goolsby greatly enhanced our recruitment and application success, particularly for underrepresented minority students. She served in this role while managing her ongoing appointment in the Department of General Practice. I want to thank her for her important work as she makes a new […]

Sharon Lanning named Periodontics Chair

Sharon K. Lanning, D.D.S., has been named chair of the Department of Periodontics. Prior her July 1 appointment, she served as interim chair. Dr. Lanning brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience to the chair role. She has been a leader in dental education and inter-professional health sciences education. Please join me in congratulating […]