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ADEA receives grant to increase diversity at dental schools

Washington—The American Dental Education Association is expanding its efforts to improve diversity among dental students and faculty.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to ADEA’s Minority Dental Faculty Development program, ADEA announced Aug. 3.

That follows a $2.4 million grant that initially funded the MDFD program and created a network of 11 universities and organizations that sought to increase diversity in students and faculty while developing leadership in new faculty.

This year’s funding will extend support to dental hygiene programs at the University of Detroit Mercy and Howard University to support recruitment and leadership training within dental hygiene.

“There is a critical need to increase diversity in the dental team,” said Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford, senior scholar in residence at ADEA. “The beauty of this program lies not only in its impact upon individuals, but also in its promotion of the kind of institutional growth that fosters a sustained commitment to faculty diversity. We hope that the models developed as a result will be replicated at other schools on an international scale.”