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Detroit Mercy in the Community

Through commitment to serving the underserved, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to address the shortage of dentists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds, focusing on facilitating and retaining students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Entry into the health professions by underrepresented minorities, in proportion to their number in society, helps to alleviate health care provider shortages areas as the likelihood of underserved populations gaining access to care if there are an increased number of minority providers. 

We are dedicated to encouraging and recruiting underrepresented populations for careers in dentistry and oral health.  We do this through a variety of invaluable academic enrichment opportunities.  Our experiential programs vary widely in nature, all with the common goal to help interested candidates successfully apply to dental school.  We focus on improving science aptitude and enhancing academic skills, but also offer first-hand exposure to the profession and research experiences. See our programs for more information:

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

Undergraduate/Recent Graduates: SEP provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students so they can successfuly gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in dentistry.

Dental Imprint Program

K-12 Students: The Dental Imprint Program offers preliminary dental education, primary care exposure and a complete tour of the School of Dentistry.

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