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Diversity & Inclusion at the School of Dentistry

Texas A&M School of Dentistry is an environment comprised of faculty, staff, students, and patients who represent a vast array of cultural backgrounds, preferences, and beliefs. The School of Dentistry identifies diversity and inclusiveness among its core values and is committed to maintaining a climate that cultivates a lifelong sense of belonging.

We define diversity as the inclusion, welcoming, and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. The characteristics can include, but are not limited to: age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity/expression, geographical location, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience.

Those within the school are expected to show respect for individual differences, seek to understand and value the perspectives of others, and participate in the creation and sustainability of an accessible environment that promotes fairness and equality.

Similarly, the school commits to increasing access to dental care and improving the oral health of the diverse community of Texans through the provision of culturally sensitive care for patients within the school and at community sites in the northeast Texas area and throughout the state.

Goals and strategies for achieving exclusive excellence are detailed in the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Diversity and Inclusion Plan.