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Clara M. Spatafore | School of Dentistry

Remembering Marshall England

With sadness, I write to share news of Dr. Marshall England’s passing last month. A true friend and member of the VCU School of Dentistry’s Class of ’58, Marshall was a gentleman in every sense. His students throughout the years fondly knew him as a great educator, friend, and mentor. He had a wonderful tenure […]

We the people will not forget

by Dean Clara Spatafore When I was a child everyone would talk about where they were and what they were doing when our president John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. As an adult these memories have been replaced by where were you and what were you doing when the 9/11/2001 attacks occurred? It was […]

A historic feat

A historic feat, the American College of Dentists (ACD) is the first dental organization to dedicate a full issue of its Journal to the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Carlos Smith, D.D.S, M.Div., FACD, an associate professor, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the ethics curriculum here at the VCU School of Dentistry, […]

2021 White Coat Ceremony

If you missed the White Coat Ceremony, you can find the complete recording here. Please help congratulate our DDS DH students who have persevered to reach this milestone! Well done!

Supporting our Asian community at the VCU School of Dentistry

Over the six weeks that I have been your interim dean, I feel we have made great strides in moving our school’s culture to one of positivity and hope.  But it saddens me personally that, as a country, we do not seem to recognize the richness and value that our diverse culture brings to our […]

Celebrating Black History Month

Dear VCU School of Dentistry Community, Once again let me express what an honor it is to serve as the interim dean of the VCU School of Dentistry.  Together with the rest of the United States during the month of February we celebrate Black History Month.   The following message is from Dr. Carlos Smith […]

Celebrating Cultural Heritage at the VCU School of Dentistry

Please make plans to join our inaugural Diversity Dialogues series. Learn more in this outstanding article. by Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACDDirector – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Dental CareDirector of Ethics CurriculumAssistant Professor Department of General Practice “When we go to the doctor, he or she will not begin to […]

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 […]

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