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School of Dentistry participates in launch of university diversity plan

Katrina Wade-Golden (third from right), Lead Planning Facilitator in Academic Affairs for the university-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan, joins School of Dentistry representatives during a poster session at the Power Center Thursday. From left are Dr. Todd Ester, director of diversity and inclusion and co-chair of the school’s diversity plan; Dean Laurie McCauley; Katrina Wade-Golden; Tina Pryor, human resources director and co-chair of dentistry’s diversity plan; and Dinella Crosby, student affairs program specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Todd Ester, the School of Dentistry’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, talks with audience members during a poster session in the lobby of the Power Center Thursday.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 6, 2016 – Administrators from the School of Dentistry were among the representatives of campus units who participated Thursday in the introduction of the University of Michigan’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

   During a 90-minute program at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, U-M President Mark Schlissel, administrators and other campus leaders who helped develop the plan presented an overview explaining the history and goals of the plan.  Rob Sellers, vice provost for diversity, equity and academic affairs, led the discussion of how a year-long grassroots effort culminated in a 43-page report that is a blueprint for making the U-M community more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

   The plan draws on common themes and strategies in diversity strategic plans developed by the university’s 19 schools and colleges, including the School of Dentistry, along with Student Life, Athletics, the U-M Health System and other administrative units.

   Under President Schlissel's campus-wide plan, the university has committed $85 million over the next five years to implement the initiatives in three categories -– creating an inclusive and equitable campus; recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse university community; and supporting innovation and inclusive scholarship and teaching.

   After the main program, audience members were invited to tour a poster session in the Power Center lobby that included presentations by numerous campus units, including the School of Dentistry. The school’s co-chairs for its diversity strategic plan, Dr. Todd Ester, director of diversity and inclusion, and Tina Pryor, human resources director, shared highlights of the school’s history and continuing plans for those attending the poster session.

   The university’s diversity website has more information on the new plan that was released Thursday.

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The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: www.dent.umich.edu.

Contact:
Sharon Grayden, Communications Director, at (734) 615-2600, dentistry.communications@umich.edu, or Lynn Monson, Writer, at (734) 615-1971.