Involvement with Students

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion help foster meaningful experiences for students through various programs, working directly with pre-professional and professional clubs at Detroit Mercy.  We facilitate educational advancement through outreach and mentoring activities, which are described below.  


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion advises the Detroit Mercychapter for the Student National Dental Association/Student National Dental Hygienists’ Association (SNDA/SNDHA), teaming up for major events, including Women’s High Tea, Taste of Diversity, the annual Oral Cancer Walk and more!

Pre-Dental Student Association

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion cousels the Pre-Dental Student Association (PDSA).  By acting as a liaison between PSDA and the dental school, we are able to bring various dental specialists and professionals to discuss a variety of dental specialties and review case studies. Recently we initiated a Shadowing Program, allowing members to learn about the profession in real time.  

If you are interested in allowing students to shadow you at your office, please complete the linked form.  

Lesson in a Lunchbox

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with the Maryland Children's Oral Health Institute to deliver "Lessons in a Lunchbox" to children in Detroit.  The "Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks" program allows teachers, parents and children to work together to help eliminate childhood caries. 

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is one of the many dental schools participating in "Lessons In A Lunchbox" program.  Dental, dental hygiene students, and the Pre-Dental Society spend an afternoon reviewing oral hygiene instructions and assisting 1st-3rd graders with assembling their lunchbox tool kit. Each year, more than 100 students receive a lunchbox containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, facts about healthy snacks and a carrot carrying case.