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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Detroit Mercy in the Community

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Detroit Mercy Dental is dedicated to embracing, respecting, and honoring all forms of diversity.  Our family of students, faculty, staff, and patients have a wide array of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and other backgrounds which reflect a global society.

We engage students in numerous training opportunities in order to develop culturally competent dental professionals able to serve the diverse needs of patients from all walks of life.  Throughout the year, we coordinate a variety of events and programs to celebrate our simularities and differences.  


Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Lola Banks, M.A.
(313) 494-6957

Our Services


    Advisor to SNDA/SNDHA

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

    Counselor to 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.


    Pipeline Programming

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to encouraging and recruiting underrepresented populations for careers in dentistry and oral health.  We do this through pipeline programming which includes 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:

Fall 2017 Impressions Day


    Program Information & Application

    Our Fall 2017 Impressions Day Program will take place Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm EST. Hosted by the Student National Dental Association Chapter at the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry!

    The mission of the Impressions Program was designed to provide an introduction to dentistry by:
    ~Revealing inside details of admissions criteria
    ~Introduction to the DAT prep materials and study strategies
    ~Personal statement discussion
    ~Hands on simulation lab activities
    ~Tour of the dental school
    ~Mock interview breakout sessions
    ~Q&A with Dental Student and Current Dentist Panel from the local community

    To apply for the program, click here

    Downloadable Flyer

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