In this HURE dental student report, we present data, recommendations, best practices and model programs for introspection, strategic action, collaboration and from which to build forward momentum.
Additionally, I am issuing a critical call to action to eliminate the disparities in HURE dental school graduates and dentists in our nation! Alone, we cannot tackle the racial barriers that have plagued our society and the educational systems in which academic dentistry reside.
No single actor or organization can bring about the critical changes that must take place throughout dental education and the oral health profession to ensure equitable access and an opportunity for students to pursue dentistry regardless of race or ethnicity. The changes needed require a shared vision and a shared strategy.