ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ADEA DIAC) advises the ADEA Board of Directors related to diversity and inclusion in dental education.

ADEA DIAC is comprised of the former Minority Affairs Advisory Committee (MAAC) and Women’s Affairs Advisory Committee (WAAC). The former committees separately addressed diversity issues related to women and minorities. The rationale for combining the two committees was based on contemporary diversity and inclusion frameworks and ADEA strategic goals, as well as the prevailing diversity and inclusion models on academic health center campuses that include multiple dimensions of diversity beyond race/ethnicity and gender in academic dental institutions. 

The newly formed ADEA DIAC will retain a unique focus on women’s issues as well as those related to racial and ethnic minorities. The work of the committee recognizes that there are unique issues relative to racial/ethnic minority communities, women and the LGBT community including:

  • Underrepresentation in the dental school community and in patient populations, and
  • Issues related to identity, advancement, and a host of other issues that deserve unique focus and attention. 

Within the new consolidated structure, committee members will continue to bring attention to and address the unique issues relative to those respective communities. At the same time, there are issues that are cross-cutting that can impact learning and quality of patient care including inequity in treatment and general climate issues (cultural insensitivity, microaggressions, etc.).

The creation of the ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee:

  1. Creates synergy between the issues.
    Consolidation creates an intentional space to increase the knowledge base within the membership about promising practices. Opportunity to share what works across the diversity and inclusion spectrum.
  2. Follows the trend at academic institutions across the country.
    Movement across the nation toward making excellence inclusive (quality and comprehensive strategies are needed), pays attention to learning and creating environments that maximize the benefits for all. This includes all of the dimensions of diversity under one umbrella.
  3. Allows for more impactful program development.
    The consolidated committee will allow for a broad discussion about campus-wide diversity policies and practices in a holistic and comprehensive way. 

Members of the ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Ana N. López-Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H. (Co-Chair)
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H. (Co-Chair)
Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Columbia University 
Senior Associate Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Sarita Arteaga, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Candace Mitchell, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean 
Howard University College of Dentistry

Karin Quick, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Pamela Overman, RDH, M.S., Ed.D
Associate Dean 
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

Machelle Thompson, RDH, M.S.P.H.
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Lavern Holyfield, D.D.S.
Director of Faculty Development
Texas A & M University College of Dentistry

Diana Macri, RDH
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College Dental Hygiene Program

Eugenia Mejia, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Senior Director for Admissions
New York University College of Dentistry

Board Appointees

Harold S. (Buddy) Auten
Board Director for the Corporate Council
Marketing and Sales Manager
Dentsply Sirona

Prof. Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., RDH, M.P.H.
Board Director for Allied Dental Program Directors
Chair, Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine