The ADA Board of Trustees had charged its Diversity and Inclusion Committee with considering the role of faith and religion in the Association, as well as The Dentist's Prayer, following a House vote in 2018 referring the prayer for further study and report.
In support of the committee's findings, the board recommended to the House that it pass Resolution 74H-2019, removing the prayer from ADA policy, and Resolution 75H-2019, updating the recognition of religious diversity policy to reflect a neutral policy stance that "positions the ADA to appeal to the broadest range of members and potential members with varying beliefs, mindsets and expectations."
In amending the recognition of religious diversity policy, the House resolved that Association meetings may begin with "a personal moment of reflection or silent prayer."
"Our goal is for the ADA to foster inclusivity and respect each member's personal life choices," Dr. Fisch said. "Therefore, the committee voted in support of both resolutions and agreed that religious diversity must be reflected accurately in ADA policy."
To learn more about the ADA's commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit ADA.org/en/about-the-ada/diversity-and-inclusion.