2023 ADEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Workshop

Dates: October 25, 2023
Venue: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Online Registration is currently closed for this event.

Cultivating a Psychologically Safe Oral Health Environment

Don’t miss the 2023 ADEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (ADEA DEIB) Workshop, Cultivating a Psychologically Safe Oral Health Environment on Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh, PA. The ADEA 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.


Contact: MCET@adea.org