ADEA Tapestry Table

The ADEA Tapestry Table® (Tapestry Table) is an educational series that uses a variety of platforms and media to explore diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) topics impacting dental education and the health professions. Tapestry Table welcomes a variety of guests, clinicians, experts and individuals from all walks of life to share their dynamic perspectives and nurture and prepare the dental education community to better lead in a rapidly changing, cross-culturally interconnected world.

Whether it is through a Tapestry Table work, panel, vlog, panel, symposium or other content delivery system, ADEA creates welcoming, safe spaces for individual and community self-reflection and robust dialogue related to justice, cultural competence, gender equity, discrimination, implicit bias, health disparities, inclusive leadership and other DEI topics.

As ADEA is The Voice of Dental Education, Tapestry Table is an important tool for illuminating and capturing the rich cultural and intellectual transactions that occur at the intersection of many perspectives for the shared purpose of creating a more equitable, diverse, humanistic and inclusive dental education environment and global society.

Tapestry Table Events


October 26, 2022

The 2022 ADEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Workshop

Impact 2030: Building a Culture of Inclusivity

This year’s ADEA DEIB Workshop is a joint symposium of the ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion and the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), featuring scholars and authors from the September 2022 JDE special issue on expanding and improving social justice, equity, access, diversity, inclusion and health equity in the academic health professions and oral health.

Focusing on lessons learned, the JDE special issue is forward thinking in its effort to drive change and present contemporary solutions necessary to address the difficult systemic challenges related to antiracism, gender equity and equality for all persons.

There is a registration fee for the ADEA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop.

Register today and spread the word with #ADEADiversityWorkshop!


The ADEA Tapestry Table (Tapestry Table) held in conjunction with the virtual 2021 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, on March 14, 2021, featured NFL all-time leading rusher and Dancing With the Stars champion, Emmitt Smith.

Dr. Sonya G. Smith, ADEA Chief Diversity Officer, hosted the virtual session using a talk show format. Discussions with Emmitt Smith focused on his legacy, life lessons and the role of athletes in advancing social justice movements. Emmitt shared his perspective on Colin Kaepernick taking a knee, women serving as coaches and C-Suite executives in the NFL, and the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ athletes throughout the league.

The interview was followed by a live Question and Answer segment with Emmitt Smith answering questions from members of the viewing audience.

Sponsorship was provided by The Proctor and Gamble Company and GlaxoSmithKline. 

The recording is available on ADEA eLearn through Sept. 2021.

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In the virtual session, Dr. Sonya G. Smith (left) is interviewing Emmitt Smith (right). 2021 AS Tapestry Emmit Smith


On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, ADEA held the inaugural virtual ADEA Tapestry Table (Tapestry Table). The theme was “Supporting LGBTQIA+ Health Equity” and featured special guest, POSE star, Dominique Jackson.

The Tapestry Table virtual event drew more than 500 registrants. Our inaugural ADEA Tapestry Table Workshop featured guest Dominique Jackson, LGBTQIA+ activist and star of the FX network’s groundbreaking television series POSE, and highlighted health and well-being issues within the LGBTQIA+ community with an emphasis on transgender individuals.

The behind-the-scenes conversation offered a candid discussion between Dominique Jackson and the panelists. They shared personal stories and information that deepened the viewers' understanding of the health equity challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community, especially transgender persons.

Sponsorship was provided by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and The Procter & Gamble Company.

The ADEA Tapestry Table “Behind the Scenes” is available on ADEA eLearn.

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The behind-the-scenes conversation between Dominique Jackson and the panelists. 2020 Diversity Workshop Photo
2020 Tapestry Table