The session takes a step forward towards establishing an equitable and civil culture within the dental research enterprise and reducing barriers to racial equity in the dental research workforce. It will specifically support undergraduate, dental, and graduate students within underrepresented populations to build peer networks and establish novel mentoring relationships. The student cohort will engage in discussions about the AADOCR, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as well as learn about opportunities and potential benefits of student memberships. Professors and students will discuss their experiences as a researcher within the dental health space, their career trajectories and what it means to be a researcher from a minority population within the current research and social climate. The cohort will participate in small group discussions within defined safe spaces for them to intimately address their concerns navigating their academic career. Thereby providing the unique opportunity to form a sustainable network amongst their peers across institutions and increasing access to meaningful professional relationships. This initiative also provides a framework for the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to intentionally support this cohort through future scheduled interactions using digital platforms to facilitate growth and career development to support skillset development, knowledge acquisition, confidence building, and cultural competence.
Registration is free, but required to attend. Register below by March 9, 2024. Please note, registration to the General Session is not required.