Amplifying Voices is a webinar series, sponsored by the New Dentist Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee, that seeks to provide a space to hear perspectives around diversity, equity, and inclusion in dentistry and the ADA. Created in 2020, webinars occur roughly once a quarter and have covered topics related to race, gender, special needs, cross-generational leadership, sexual orientation and gender identity. You can watch past Amplifying Voices webinars on Youtube, CE On-Demand, or learn more below.
In this webinar, Dr. Gabriela Lagreca, creator and host of The International Dentist Podcast facilitate an open conversation with a panel of international dentists on the challenges facing international-trained dentists, the experiences that helped the dentists learn and grow, and opportunities to connect with the ADA and the international dentist community.
Gabriela Lagreca, D.D.S.
- Mahmoud Jallad, D.D.S.
- Angela Noguera, D.D.S.
- Sally Zapata, Dental International Student at Tufts University of Dental Medicine
Recorded May 31, 2023
In this webinar, panelists from SAID discuss ways to make dentistry more inclusive to indigenous populations (patients and professionals), reveal ways the infrastructure/profession of dentistry may challenge indigenous cultural values, share ways indigenous populations celebrate culture in their practice, identify the oral health disparities and barriers indigenous people face and reflect on personal experiences about their indigenous heritage and how it has informed and impacted their careers as dentists.
Sarah Rodgers, DMD
- Darlene Sorrell, DMD
- DezBaa Damon-Mallette, DMD
- Frederick Jeremy John, DMD
- Teague Rutherford, dental student
Recorded Nov. 16, 2022
This panel of dental professionals and patients will share tips for the whole team on making make the office more welcoming and comfortable for patients who have special healthcare needs.
“90% of people with disabilities that come into anybody's Office can be treated normally with slight modifications” ~Dr. Steve Perlman
Dr. Mark Wolff, DDS, PHD
- Dr. Meelin Dian Chin Kit-Wells, DDS, Med
- Dr. Brooke Fukuoka, DMD, FSCD
- Dr. Steve Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (hon)
Recorded June 19, 2022
An effective leader doesn’t just empower themselves, they empower others too. In this ADA Amplifying Voices series webinar recording, panelists representing various career stages from student to established dentist will share how you can empower yourself while also cultivating the leadership of others as you advance along your path. The session provides tools to help attendees and other’s develop self-advocacy skills, navigate imposter syndrome, and become more fully realized leaders in their practices, dental societies, and larger communities.
“You just never know who is knocking on your door, who is watching you. If someone knocks on your door, answer it. Take a chance (on someone) and it can make all the difference in the world.” ~Dr. Rico Short
Amrita Patel, D.D.S.
- Jessica Meeske, D.D.S.
- Rico D. Short, D.M.D.
- Michael C. Farmer, D.M.D., F.I.C.D., F.A.C.D.
- Lyle S. Chad Reedy, D.D.S.
Recorded on Nov. 16, 2021
In this third session of the ADA Amplifying Voices series, the ADA hosted an open conversation on LGBTQ+ related topics in dentistry. In this session, you’ll learn about the facts and trends in the LGBTQ+ community and ways to support one another. Panelists shared their journey in dentistry, their key motivators, successes and challenges. You will also gain knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community in dentistry and be able to continue on your own professional journey to become a more inclusive profession and human being.
“If you cannot separate your personal biases and prejudices as a healthcare provider, you are in the wrong field. If you are going to work with patients the most important thing to you is what is in the best interests for the individuals sitting across from you” ~ Dr. Anne Koch
Dr. Mina Kim, DMD
- Dr. Anne Koch, DMD
- Dr. Alex Barrera, DDS
- Dr. Rosa Chaviano Moran, DMD, FICD
- Ms. Kristina Accardo, student Rutgers Dental School of Medicine
Recorded on June 23, 2021
Watch here: https://youtu.be/0yZeWYdux7M
This engaging discussion with a dynamic panel moderated by Dr. Tawana Ware, features a dental student, and three dentists at different career stages who openly share their experiences about life during the pandemic and on the humanistic ties that bring us all together – as dentists, women, and human beings. You will walk away with ideas for action, tools to foster inclusion and opportunities and way to create a brighter future for yourself and the profession.
“The biggest key is to turn around and take another women with you. It is so important to put your hand back and say come with me. That is the one thing we can do for each other to support teach other. Collaboration is critical, without supporting and collaborating with one other and how we can make your life better, my life better, and our lives better it is a worthy task. Just helping one another and taking everyone with you” Dr. MaryJane Hanlon
Dr. Tawana Ware, DDS
- Dr. Brittany Bergeron, DDS
- Ms. Diamond Higgin, student Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
- Dr. Bianca Velayo. DMD
- Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, RDH, DMD, MBA
Recorded on March 30, 2021
Watch here: https://youtu.be/q4c26TEK9xE
Moderated panel discussion on racial inequalities in the dental profession. This digital event was the first in a series hosted by the ADA New Dentist Committee and the ADA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In this open forum, panelists shared their own experiences and offered suggestions on ways the ADA could address racial inequalities in the dental profession.
“I really see diversity, equity, and inclusion as part and parcel of our duty as professionals. The principles that underlie diversity, appreciation for it, the synergy that all of us has a diverse community, a diverse group of practitioners, patients; the synergy that leverages that into what we look at as inclusion is inextricably linked to our vow as professionals with this unwritten social contract for the greater good” Dr. Carlos Smith
Ashleigh Rosette, Ph.D.
- Dr. Tawana Ware, DDS
- Dr. Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., F.A.C.D
- Dr. Christina Meiners, DDS
- Dr. Aruna Rao, DDS
Recorded on September 29, 2020
Watch here: https://youtu.be/cFLSUfcLQ2E