CHICAGO, (Dec. 21, 2022) — The American Dental Association’s (ADA) strong commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion is outlined in its core values and diversity, equity and inclusion policies. The ADA’s core values are at the heart of its mission to help dentists succeed and support the advancement of the health of the public. Diversity involves a daily commitment to empower each other through mutual respect, sharing and valuing others’ thoughts, perspectives, and beliefs and treating others the way that they want to be treated. Diverse viewpoints and needs are heard, valued and respected.
In light of a recent allegation of racism within the dental community, the ADA reaffirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion. This commitment extends to rejecting racism within dental education and our profession. Recognizing that consistent and continuous action leads to positive change, the ADA will strive to advance actions that successfully promote diversity, equity and inclusion and help eradicate racism, discrimination and bias. Whether it be a patient seeking care, a student seeking to join the profession, or a dentist providing that care, the ADA believes that diversity is our strength.
In an effort to seek input, insights and perspectives from a variety of individuals and groups, the ADA will continue to convene with key stakeholders to evaluate the current diversity and inclusion climate within the profession, identify key issues, share successes, propose recommendations for change and provide resources for those impacted. Outcomes from the stakeholders meeting will be shared broadly as the resultant actions will benefit the dental community and the public at large.
Additional information on the ADA’s diversity and inclusion activities may be found at: https://www.ada.org/about/principles/diversity-and-inclusion.