Supporting our Community and Advocating for Racial Justice
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the School of Dental Medicine joins the University at Buffalo President, the Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Dental Medicine in recognizing the impact of the tragic and unjust loss of Black lives on our students, staff, faculty and entire community.
As we share the feelings of heartbreak, grief and anger over the loss of George Floyd and so many others such as: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Samuel DuBose, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott and Terrence Crutcher, we must act in solidarity to foster compassion, justice and the respect for diversity and inclusion that we stand for. It falls on all of us, regardless of our race, to work together until racial injustice, bigotry and unequal treatment no longer exist in our communities.
We understand the need for drastic change that goes beyond just listening. The path forward starts with awareness, clear communication and an honest determination to achieve our goals. The School of Dental Medicine is committed to collaborate with all members of our community to uphold our values of inclusive excellence, condemn acts of hatred and racism, and engage in meaningful ways forward to help our community heal.
Dr. Thikriat Al-Jewair
Dr. Dian Chinkit-Wells
Dr. Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker
Dr. Elaine Hennie-Megna
Dr. Dana Keblawi
Dr. Stephen Abel
Dr. Stefan Ruhl
Dr. Joseph Rumfola
The University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, places special emphasis on recruitment of students, faculty and staff who are historically underrepresented in the dental profession and on training clinically and culturally competent clinicians equipped to meet healthcare needs, especially in underserved communities. We aim to create an institutional culture of inclusive excellence which will strengthen diversity in our School, enhance teaching and scholarship, increase cultural competency, and create a welcoming environment in which all faculty, staff, and students are valued, respected and empowered to achieve their highest potential.
The SDM Diversity and Inclusion office will:
Learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion at UB.