Celebrating Black History Month

Dear VCU School of Dentistry Community, Once again let me express what an honor it is to serve as the interim dean of the VCU School of Dentistry.  Together with the rest of the United States during the month of February we celebrate Black History Month.   The following message is from Dr. Carlos Smith […]

Celebrating Cultural Heritage at the VCU School of Dentistry

Please make plans to join our inaugural Diversity Dialogues series. Learn more in this outstanding article. by Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACDDirector – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Dental CareDirector of Ethics CurriculumAssistant Professor Department of General Practice “When we go to the doctor, he or she will not begin to […]

Make it an “On” Day

It is my pleasure to share this message of inspiration and introspection authored by Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., our director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Dean David C. Sarrett A new year is often an anticipated event. A time to reset, start anew and perhaps even make a resolution or two. Resolutions often give us […]

The events of this past week in our Nation’s capitol

By David Sarrett and Carlos Smith We all should be saddened by the violent events this week in our Nation’s Capital.  Political division has, and always will, exist in our country.  For political division to devolve into violence, personal injury, and property destruction in the building where debate is supposed to find solutions to political […]

2020 – Year End Review

While there are those who may wish 2020 were already over, I have to admit that I am not one of them. I can’t remember a time in my professional life when I’ve been more proud. Never before have we come together to meet such a crisis head on. To solve a problem. To boldly […]

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 […]

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