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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, respcecting, and honoring all forms of diversity.  Our family of stduents, faculty, staff, and patients have a wide array of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and other backgrounds which relfect a global society.

We engage students in numberous 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 simliarties and differences.  

Contact:

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Lola Lawal, M.A.
lawaloo@udmercy.edu
(313) 494-6957

Director of Diversity, Intercultural & Sponsored Programs

Rebecca Christensen, M.A. Ed.M., Ph.D.
christre@udmercy.edu
(313) 494-6653

Our Services

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    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!
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    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.

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    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:

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