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Dr. Anita Sykes-Smith Researches Professional Development Initiatives as the ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence

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Group Photo Enid NeidleDuring the week of Jan. 27, ADEA hosted the 2019 ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence, Anita Sykes-Smith, D.D.S., Assistant Professor of Oral Diagnostic Sciences and Research at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, at ADEA headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Sykes-Smith’s research project is focused on professional development initiatives for women and racial and ethnic minority senior staff and administrators in academic leadership positions compared to student services positions at dental schools. She will present her research during the 2020 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in National Harbor, MD.   

During her week-long residency at ADEA, the ADEA Office of Advocacy and Government Relations coordinated for Dr. Sykes-Smith several informative meetings with political consultants and congressional staffers on Capitol Hill, including members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. Dr. Sykes-Smith also traveled to Rockville, MD, to meet with the Chief Dental Officer of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Renée W. Joskow, D.D.S., M.P.H., FAGD.

Dr. Sykes-Smith was provided with additional resources to support her research, consulting with Franc Slapar, M.A., Senior Director of Research in the ADEA Office of Policy and Research. Dr. Sykes-Smith also had the opportunity to discuss initiatives that support women faculty in veterinary medical education with Lisa Greenhill, M.P.A., Ed.D., Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

On Jan. 29, Dr. Sykes-Smith joined members of the ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion for lunch with Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., FACD, FICO, the first woman to become dean of a U.S. dental school (Howard University College of Dentistry) and a champion for the advancement of women in dental education. Dr. Sinkford was responsible for leading diversity initiatives and programming at ADEA for nearly 20 years and was instrumental in the development of the ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-In-Residence program during her tenure.

Published on March 11, 2020

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