Two dental students studying together

Diversity and Inclusion

The college of Dentistry advances diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusive excellence throughout the college by partnering with staff, faculty, and our students.

We model Ohio State university's shared values through our daily practices and programs. Specific efforts include recruitment, retention, and success programs, supporting faculty and staff initiatives, and working with campus and community stakeholders.

As the premier land grant institution in Ohio and Ohio's only state-supported dental school, our college's responsibilities extend to all four corners of the state. Our DEIB efforts reflect the land-grant university's tripartite mission (teaching, research, and engagement). 

The College of Dentistry embraces the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace. Research suggests greater productivity in inclusive environments where students, faculty, and staff feel a sense of belonging.  

We recognize that our diverse population comes with unique experiences and various perspectives that provide us with valuable opportunities and many 'teachable moments' to be our best selves and give the best services to our community. Since our individual social, economic, and cultural identities shape and influence our experiences and drive our perspectives, we must engage in meaningful ways to continue to learn from each other.

A female Dental student smiling outdoors after the whitecoat ceremony

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Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Akil Houston, PhD