About Our School

Commitment to Diversity

The UNC School of Dentistry deeply values diversity in people, thought and opinion. In the school’s pursuit of excellence, it remains committed to maintaining an environment that values uniqueness in each person, affording dignity and respect to all regardless of race, age, gender, ethnic background, national origin, disability, religion/spiritual practice, sexual identity, culture, or other demographic differences. The educational environment of inclusivity extends to all students, staff and faculty as the school fulfills its mission of excellence in education, research, patient care and service.

The school promotes a welcoming environment that actively supports diversity and inclusivity, which is essential to the educational preparation of health professionals and is critical to the excellent service delivered to the school’s citizens, patients and communities.

UNC School of Dentistry Inclusive Excellence Statement

At the UNC School of Dentistry we are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, and those we serve. We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that welcomes, values, and supports the development and care of all individuals. Intellectual diversity is the foundation of our institution. We promote inclusivity, irrespective of individual differences including, but not limited to those based on age, culture, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, political affiliation, race, regional and national origin, religion, and socio-economic background. We continually strive to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all.

UNC School of Dentistry Inclusive Excellence Committee

The UNC School of Dentistry views its environment of diversity and inclusion as encompassing all of its communities: campus, local, regional and global. Our committee seeks to encourage and facilitate the Faculty, Staff and Students at the UNC School of Dentistry to teach and practice the Oral Health Professions in the context of community in order to equip all to serve the people of NC, the United States and the world.

The UNC School of Dentistry Inclusive Excellence Committee works to accomplish the following activities:

  • Publicly state and display the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Create and promote “safe places” for anyone to discuss and engage in diversity and inclusivity concerns with confidentiality and receptive understanding
  • Provide ongoing opportunities for diversity and inclusivity orientation/training