Published in the October 2023 issue of the Journal of
Dental Education, the article “Perceptions
of the Dental Education-wide Climate: Analysis of the 2022 ADEA Climate Study
Focus Groups” is the first published key findings from the 2022 ADEA
Climate Survey. In the 2022 ADEA Climate Survey, focus groups were
conducted tandemly among students, faculty and staff from dental schools and
allied dental education programs in the United States and Canada.
The lack of inclusion and belonging on campuses,
underrepresentation of faculty of color, microaggressions and differential
treatment of students of color, and the need to enhance recruitment of diverse
students and faculty of color were among the themes identified. Specific to
U.S. allied dental education programs, exposure to unique community and
clinical opportunities for students was identified as an important theme to
enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
We encourage ADEA members and dental and allied dental
educators to read and share this article among their colleagues to further our
collective work in fostering humanistic learning environments for students,
faculty and staff in oral health education.
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Published on November 8, 2023