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ADA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

ADA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The American Dental Association strives to model diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that these foster an innovative and dynamic culture and lead to sustainable results. They allow us to further advance the dental profession, improve the oral health of the public, and promote equity and access to oral health.

As a result, we serve and support the different identities, beliefs and perspectives of a diverse membership, leadership, workforce and staff, as well as a wide range of communities and organizations. 

The diversity experience of the ADA stems from long-running programs for engaging a wide range of members and non-members in Association affairs; reducing oral health disparities across population groups; leadership development for diverse dentists; and education for ADA leaders.

Deadline Extended! Smile Tank contest at SmileCon 2021

Share your creative ideas on how to advance diversity and inclusion in the dental profession. The ADA Diversity and Inclusion Committee will select 5 entries to present at SmileCon for the first place cash prize of $2,500! To be eligible, applicants must be an ADA member (including student members) and be available to present in person at SmileCon on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 2:30–4 p.m. in the Member Center, located in Mandalay Bay South, Dental Central, B3500. Submit your entry by September 20, 2021.

To submit your entry, please answer: “How can the ADA create a culture of diversity and inclusion for the dental profession?” Your entry must include a response of 1000 words or less. You also have the option of including a 1-2 minute video. To submit your video, complete this form and upload when asked. Upon clicking submit, it will serve as your digital signature that you agree to the contest terms and conditions.

If you have questions, please email


  • Nominees who meet the following criteria will be considered:
  • ADA member in good standing
  • Attending SmileCon
  • Not a current member of the ADA Board of Trustees, Council on Membership, New Dentist Committee, or Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Nominations must be submitted by September 20, 2021 to qualify. By September 20, 2021, all nomination forms will automatically be submitted to the ADA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Late nominations are not accepted. Nomination forms must be completed in its entirety including uploading 1–2 minute video.

Award Timeline and Selection Process:

The nomination period is open September 1, 2021 – September 20, 2021. Notifications to all participants will be sent the week of September 27, 2021. The top 5 entries will be selected by the ADA Diversity and Inclusion Committee and participate at a live event on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at SmileCon in Las Vegas. Participation in the live event is required to be eligible for the cash prizes.

Award Recognition:

Award recipients will be recognized on, ADA News, the New Dentist Now blog, at ADA annual meeting and through other ADA channels, and will receive a cash award. All nominees are listed on and in other places.

First place: $2,500
Second place: $1,000
Third place: $500
Fourth place: $500
Fifth place: $500

Committee for Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Julio Rodriguez — Chair
Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow
Dr. Brett Kessler
Dr. Mina Kim
Dr. Maria Maranga
Dr. Maritza Morell
Dr. Scott Morrison
Dr. Michelle Thompson
Dr. Tawana Ware