2020 Diversity & Inclusion Week

2020 Conference on Race, Inclusion, Intersectionality, and Equity


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An interactive summit on matters of race, intersectionality, sexuality, and equality.

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This virtual discussion on race, intersectionality (the overlap of various social identities) sexuality, and equality is sponsored by the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Join us and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from experts and to connect with other leaders and decision makers in health education, health care, diversity, and human resources to learn best practices for creating and maintaining an inclusive, diverse environment.

Diversity and Inclusion Speakers’ Series

On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.  This historic document included these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Later, on July 2, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal.

Despite these laws, in 2020, race-based violence continues against African Americans and other people of color.   The Diversity and Inclusion Speakers’ Series, sponsored by the IDEA Committee, presents speakers to discuss the underlying causes and suggested responses during these troubling times. Join the Conversation!


Diversity and Inclusion Speakers’ Series



Thursday, July 2, 2020
12:00 Noon




Talk, Teach and Transform! 

Traci Brown
President, Intentional Inclusion Inc. 

We are serious about excellence in education for dental professionals and improving the oral health of citizens throughout the community. We can’t let unconscious bias or institutional racism keep us from achieving our mission. Let’s come together to discuss what we, as leaders, can do to interrupt racism and ensure people from all racial groups are recognized and valued. Facilitated by Tracy Brown, this will be an opportunity to open up to new ideas and walk away with at least one personal commitment that supports the mission and the values of the College.

Tracy Brown is an author and TEDx Speaker who encourages everyone to ask themselves the question, “What is mine to do to stop race-based hatred and violence?” Based in Dallas, she is nationally recognized as an expert on inclusion strategies and the skills required to be effective in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-generational world. Tracy often works with health care professionals. She is a graduate of the Executive Health Care Management Program from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and her career has included serving as an executive-level position within Kaiser Permanente.


Meeting ID: 920 6096 8266

Password: 800906



Wednesday, July8, 2020

12:00 Noon



Heart of Whiteness
The Invisible Core of Racism

Robert Jensen, PhD
Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism University of Texas at Austin 

Although white people often talk about “race problems” as rooted in communities of color, racism is in fact a problem of white communities. Ideas and practices that create inequality based on racial categories were invented, and are perpetuated, by white people. Even after the many gains of the civil-rights movement, the United States remains a white-supremacist society in material and ideological terms, and in such a society white people have unearned privileges.

In this program, Robert Jensen will discuss the history and contemporary reality of race in the United States and suggest that we have to go beyond the rhetoric of multiculturalism and diversity if we want to address the country’s racial problems in a meaningful way. In the course of that discussion, Jensen will touch on how other systems of power and privilege (such as gender and class) intersect with race.  





Diversity & Inclusion Week Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 2019

Diversity & Inclusion Week was a week of food, fun, facts and more when students, staff, and faculty can came together to learn about and celebrate each other. Read all about it in Dentistry Insider.

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