Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is dedicated to engaging and celebrating expressions of diversity. A culturally-competent dental professional is more sensitive to the needs of patients and better able to interact with individuals from different walks of life.
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