Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, which sustains access and opportunity for individuals of diverse backgrounds through academic and clinical practice. 

As a treatment facility, the School of Dental Medicine embraces the concept that diversity goes beyond race and ethnicity; and can include age, gender, class, sexual orientation, self-identification, self-determination, physical ability, geographic location, philosophy, and viewpoint. 

Diversity in health care education can be considered on three levels: compositional, curricular, and institutional climate.

  • Compositional diversity and inclusion is measured by demographic equity and applied to issues of teaching, personal profile, and those receiving care.
  • Curricular diversity and inclusion is concerned with didactics and clinical experiences that value human dignity and emphasize cultural competence.
  • Institutional climate focuses on integration of principles of Integrated Ethics, such that best practices and promising strategies establish a workplace characterized by diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect.

Elements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation--Accreditation Standards For Dental Education Programs, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Strategic Plan/Outcomes Assessment that addressed diversity and inclusion, were combined with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Assessment Tool to develop the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Strategic Plan.