2023 ADEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Workshop:
Cultivating a Psychologically Safe Oral Health Environment

October 25, 2023

Preliminary Agenda

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Workshop Overview

The ADEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Workshop provides dental education administrators, faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students with tools and strategies to promote and understand the important role that access, diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity and well-being play in promoting a humanistic environment within academic dentistry and society.

The ADEA DEIB Workshop is a one-day networking and learning symposium organized to help participants understand the scope of the diversity-related Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards and to assist them in developing mission-driven inclusion and belonging initiatives for their institutions. The small group workshop format affords participants the opportunity to engage in quality discussions, participate in collaborative planning activities and exchange ideas with other participants and presenters.

According to CODA Standard 1-4, a dental school must have policies and practices to:

  • Achieve appropriate levels of diversity among its students, faculty and staff;
  • Engage in ongoing systematic and focused efforts to attract and retain students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds; and
  • Systematically evaluate comprehensive strategies to improve the institutional climate for diversity.

According to CODA Standard 1-2, a dental hygiene program must have a stated commitment to a humanistic culture and learning environment that is regularly evaluated.

Consistent with the above CODA standards, the 2023 ADEA DEIB Workshop will focus on cultivating a psychologically safe and inclusive environment in both academic dentistry and patient care and will explore how employing structural competencies can enhance institutional efforts to cultivate a humanistic learning environment. While cultural awareness and respect for groups that differ from us are important, psychological safety impacts various aspects of the interactions among students, faculty, staff, residents and fellows.

In this regard, campus policies, practices and strategies must support environments that encourage questioning, interpersonal risk-taking and innovation, all without the fear of reprisal. Programming that infuses structural competency with actionable steps creates an atmosphere in which students, faculty, staff, residents and fellows recognize, analyze and intervene in the structural factors that impact them and their patients.


At the end of the 2023 ADEA DEIB Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe implicit and explicit biases that produce systemic and structural inequities.
  • Identify various forms of psychological safety.
  • Recognize and employ power and privilege to create psychological safety.
  • Develop and use empathy as a gateway to psychological safety.
  • Create strategies for cultivating psychologically safe environments.


 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. Joint Networking Breakfast and Registration
 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.Welcome Remarks

Sonya G. Smith, Ed.D., J.D., M.Ed., M.A.
ADEA Chief of Staff; Acting ADEA Chief Diversity Officer

Ana N. Lopez-Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Former Dean and Professor
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors

Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H.
ADEA President and CEO

 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.FACTUALITY The Game

Natalie Gillard, M.A.
Founder and Facilitator

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the intricacies associated with structural inequality and the crippling cyclical nature of pervasive inequity within communal spaces.
  • Analyze the various pre-conceived biases associated with historically excluded groups.
  • Develop self-awareness and explore ways to incorporate inclusive rhetoric and language in the dissolution of structural inequality and inequity.

 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Joint Networking Break 

 10:45 a.m. – noonElements of Psychological Safety


Shindale Seale, Ed.D.
SEADE Coaching & Consulting LLC

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the stages of psychological safety.
  • Recognize the characteristics of each stage.
  • Identify the signs of psychological safety within students.

 Noon – 1:00 p.m.Joint Networking Lunch
 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.Leveraging Power and Privilege to Create Psychological Safety

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the elements of power and privilege.
  • Recognize how power and privilege show up in our lives.
  • Identify strategies for achieving psychological safety through power and privilege.

 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.Joint Networking Break

 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.Psychological Safety Through Empathy

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the elements of empathy.
  • Explain how to develop empathy within yourself and your students.
  • Identify best practices for using empathy to create psychologically safe academic environments.

 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.Mitigating Barriers to Dental Students’ Success

Learning Objectives

  • Identify barriers that are specific to dental students’ success.
  • Learn strategies for mitigating the barriers.
  • Craft guiding principles for a psychologically safe classroom.

 4:45 – 5:00 p.m.Closing Remarks and Adjourn to Poster Reception 

Sonya G. Smith, Ed.D., J.D., M.Ed., M.A.
ADEA Chief of Staff; Acting ADEA Chief Diversity Officer

 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.Joint Networking Poster Reception


The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 6.75 continuing education credits. 


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.