Building Leadership Teams for a Diverse Dental Workforce
ADEA/WKKF Building Leadership Teams for a
Diverse Dental Workforce was held June 12-13, 2014 at the Renaissance
Hotel, Washington D.C. The two day leadership training brought together the
directors from MDFD I-MDFD III programs, as well as leaders from WKKF Community
Catalyst dental therapy programs.
Training provided a framework for mission-driven activities in diversity
programming. The Building Leadership Teams program included three academic/community
models from: The University of Detroit Mercy, Howard University, and Georgia
Regents University that are developing allied professionals for leadership
positions in the dental workforce.
Recruitment and retention of minority faculty and students, cultural
competency, mentoring, valuing diversity and academic and academic/community
partnerships are program priorities within the three models. Dr. Joseph F. West, Consultant, led the
skills training session on Thinking Forward and Microaggressions and Unintentional
Bias. A focus group comprised of MDFD I
Leaders from the Universities of: Oklahoma, Michigan, Columbia, Illinois at
Chicago and Baylor shared reflective wisdom and lessons learned that influence
context, behaviors and outcomes.
Evidence for the Need for Change in the Dental Workforce was presented
by Dr. Frank A. Catalanotto, former ADEA President and former Dental Dean. Dr. Marc A. Nivet, a thought leader in
medical education, presented rationale for Reframing Diversity as Core to
Excellence. The ADEA/WKKF MDFD grant
supports the development of academic and academic/community partnerships that
provide faculty development and outreach activities directed toward the
improvement of lives of vulnerable children and communities throughout the U.S.