DEI committee report

From Dr. Carlos Smith, our director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), comes the following update highlighting his and his committee’s important work to shape institutional leadership surrounding diversity, cultural sensitivity, and health inequities. I applaud Dr. Smith’s leadership and vision as well as his committee’s commitment to address changes needed in our school and […]

One team united

The events leading up to Election 2020 mean different things to different people, but one thing is certain: your voice is critical to our democracy.  If you have not already done so, be sure to exercise your right to vote. Because we are remaining open for patient care on Tuesday, Nov. 3, plan the trip to […]

Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week

In spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week took place Oct. 19th – 23rd. The week of virtual events presented speakers highlighting a variety of topics from oral health disparities and cultural sensitivity, to clinician wellness and workplace laws. Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Smith, our newly appointed […]

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion update

A joint submission by Dean of the School of Dentistry, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div. At the School of Dentistry, we value a professional, ethical, inviting, and supportive atmosphere for all. Our purpose is to create and maintain an academic health care community where […]

Carlos Smith named new DEI director

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carlos Smith as the School of Dentistry’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In this inaugural position, he will serve as a key member of my leadership team with oversight for all diversity, equity and inclusion activities that support students, residents, faculty and staff […]

New leadership role for Dr. Susie Goolsby

As Director of Student Recruitment in the school’s Admissions Department, Dr. Susie Goolsby greatly enhanced our recruitment and application success, particularly for underrepresented minority students. She served in this role while managing her ongoing appointment in the Department of General Practice. I want to thank her for her important work as she makes a new […]

Sharon Lanning named Periodontics Chair

Sharon K. Lanning, D.D.S., has been named chair of the Department of Periodontics. Prior her July 1 appointment, she served as interim chair. Dr. Lanning brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience to the chair role. She has been a leader in dental education and inter-professional health sciences education. Please join me in congratulating […]

DDS and Dental Hygiene Clinics Reopening

Starting on Monday, July 6, we welcome our dental and dental hygiene students back to their clinical education. This marks a major milestone in the school’s return from the COVID-19 set back. We reopened safely in May with faculty and residents treating patients and are ahead of our original opening plan. We have instituted state-of-the-art […]

The Significance of June 19

As our nation must eliminate racial injustice and health inequity, there is no better time to look within ourselves, to pause and to learn about this important day in history. Our students say it best.  I am privileged to share their voice. _____________________________________________________________________________ Today is Juneteenth! It is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, […]

A Moment of Silence

With each passing day, we learn more about the experiences of our African American students and colleagues at the hands of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and, yes, even within the VCU School of Dentistry. Both in and out of the dental school many are met with disrespect, prejudice, and injustice — particularly our […]

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