2014 ADEA Fall Meetings

Embracing Access, Diversity and Inclusion

At the 2014 ADEA Fall Meetings, collective opportunities—in addition to each ADEA Council or Section meeting with its own agenda—provided attendees with insights into issues affecting dental education at all levels. Attendees learned about setting the stage for diverse and effective teams at their institutions, and were presented with evidence showing that the best group decisions are made by teams of diverse people.

The 2014 ADEA Fall Meetings provided a series of conversations, including a provocative keynote address and a plenary with engaging small group discussions. These conversations helped attendees develop effective strategies as leaders in dental education to ensure the inclusion of individuals with diverse talent, backgrounds, abilities and skills for optimal educational environments and practice models. 

Event Information:

Dates: October 23-25, 2014

Westin Beach Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Agenda: Consolidated agenda with all meetings  PDF

Individual Meetings Agendas:
ADEA Council of Faculties
ADEA Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs Administrative Board Meeting PDF
ADEA Council of Sections PDF
ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows PDF
ADEA Section on Admissions Officers and Student Affairs and Financial Aid (ADEA AFASA)  PDF
ADEA Section on Academic Affairs Meeting for Academic Deans (Preliminary Agenda

About the Plenary Sessions: 

Joint Opening Plenary Session, "Diversity as a Driver for Improved Performance and Decision-making" on Thursday, October 13, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Scott Page The 2014 ADEA Fall Meetings kicked off with a presentation by Scott E. Page, Ph.D., M.A., the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Page’s research focuses on the myriad roles that diversity plays in complex systems. For example, how does diversity arise? Does diversity make a system more productive? How does diversity impact robustness? 

Dr. Page, author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies, shared findings from his research on complex systems. Through mathematical models, Dr. Page discussed how groups incorporating diverse perspectives solve tough problems and achieve better outcomes. 

Dr. Page is Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. He teaches two courses, Understanding Complexity and The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset, on The Great Courses website. He received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Social Sciences/Political Science. Dr. Page consults with corporations and nonprofits on market performance and organizational performance.

Joint Plenary Session, "Setting the Stage for Diverse and Effective Teams at Dental Institutions" on Friday October 14, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Dennis MitchellThrough facilitated table discussions, participants considered the aspects of “difference” within their individual dental school communities, their schools’ diversity and inclusion goals, and identified a project or particular challenge at their institutions for a diverse team to solve. 

Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., is the Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion for Columbia University in the City of New York and Senior Associate Dean for Student Development for the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Columbia CDM). He is responsible for leading the institution’s ongoing commitment to attract, advance and retain a diverse faculty. Dr. Mitchell received his D.D.S. from the Howard University College of Dentistry in 1989 and his M.P.H. in Executive Health Services Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 1996. He began his career at the Columbia CDM as a clinical investigator studying the oral manifestations of HIV disease in different risk groups. His current research interests include the oral health status of minority children and adults in Northern Manhattan and the elimination of oral health disparities in underserved communities.