Dental medicine students training at UB School of Dental Medicine.

At the University at Buffalo and the School of Dental Medicine, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are guided by evidence-based practices and policies - resources we use in our commitment to inclusive excellence in research and education. 

EDI Case Study is a regular publication produced by the SDM Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Each issue focuses on a topic relevant to equity, diversity and inclusion as it relates to working and learning at the UB SDM. All publications are accessible to SDM faculty, staff and students. 

View the current issues from EDI Case Study


Accessibility at UB shares legal requirements, recommendations, policies and reporting tools to share concerns and recommendations.

Accessibility Resources coordinates reasonable accommodations for equitable access to UB for students with disabilities.


Admissions processes are essential mechanisms to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion at UB SDM and to the future dental workforce. Listed below are both internal and external resources that can help guide the processes and decisions of admissions committees. 

Preventing Unconscious Bias in Admissions Processes

Preventing Unconscious Bias in Admissions Processes

TEDx Videos

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Dentistry

Clinical Care

The UB SDM provides interpretation services using Cyracom, an interpreter service for Limited English Proficient and American Sign Language patients. More information about this service can be accessed through UB SDM's CARES (Counseling, Advocacy, Referral, Education and Service) program.

Discrimination and Harassment

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ensures UB's compliance with policies covering discrimination, harassment, accommodations, equal opportunity and child protection.

UB Counseling Services (UBCS) has a diverse staff with student of color specialists and counselors who specialize in international student concerns. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with UB SDM’s embedded counselor, Alison Smith, or any other counselor at UBCS. If students prefer to work with someone else, they can identify their preference for a particular counselor at their needs assessment appointment. If students prefer to be seen in the community for counseling services, UBCS can assist with referrals.

  • Phone Crisis Support (During Business Hours) Call during business hours (716-645-2720). No appointment needed.
  • After-Hours Counselor On-Call If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, during normal business hours call and ask speak to a crisis counselor (716-645-2720).  If your emergency occurs after normal business hours, call 716-645-2720 and press option “2” to speak with a counselor or call

Hiring and Retention

The UB SDM Search Committee Toolkit defines the roles and responsibilities of members of the search committee, outlines a detailed, step-by-step procedure for all searches - from writing the job posting to onboarding and mentoring a new employee - and provides additional resources to support the search process. The toolkit aligns with and is linked to all UB policies and procedures and highlights best practices in equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Inclusive Excellence at UB

Counseling Services promotes the personal well-being and academic success of students by providing brief mental health services, educational programs, crisis intervention, and campus community consultation.

Intercultural and Diversity Center provides a welcoming space for students, and coordinates educational programs and cultural events aimed to broaden student perspectives and promote inclusion, equity, and social justice.

LGBTQ Support includes campus resources, rights and protections, and working groups. 

Office of Inclusive Excellence collaborate, plan and coordinate with partners across the university to build a culture of diversity, social justice, and inclusion that makes all of us stronger.

Student Conduct and Advocacy helps maintain a safe campus by enforcing rules and regulations, managing conduct, and providing support resources to UB students.

Veteran Services helps student veterans transition into civilian life, as they learn more about balancing college with other life obligations.

Teaching Excellence at UB

UB's Office of Curriculum Assessment and Teaching Transformation (CATT) serves as a comprehensive conduit between faculty and university instructional support in our collective efforts to promote the end-goal of student excellence and success.

The State University of New York System provides diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice (DEISJ) support through selected DEISJ Fellows from across SUNY Campuses. These faculty provide faculty-to-faculty support to develop and teach curricula that meet the DEISJ student learning outcomes. 

University at Buffalo Guidelines, Accommodations and Policies

A select list of guidelines, policies and accommodations are included below. For a full list, visit the Undergraduate Policy Library, Graduate School Policy Library, and Faculty & Staff Guidelines and Policies

Additional Resources

School of Dental Medicine Student Organizations

UB SDM has over 30 student-run organizations that add to the vibrant culture of our school. Learn more about their work and how to get involved.