Building Leadership Teams for a Diverse Dental Workforce

The ADEA/WKKF (W.K. Kellogg Foundation) 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. 


Program: Building Leadership Teams for a Diverse Dental Workforce, June 12-13, 2014 PDF


Evidence for the Need for Change in the Dental Workforce of the Future PDF – Dr. Frank A. Catalanotto

Microaggressions and Unintentional Bias PDF – Dr. Joseph F. West

MDFD III Progress Report GRUPPT – Ms. Ana Luz Thompson

MDFD III Progress Report UDM PDF – Dr. Deirdre D. Young and Dr. Divesh Byrappagari

MDFD III Progress Report HUCDPPT – Dr. Donna Grant-Mills