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School of Dentistry hosts 4th Annual DEI Week

Published: February 01, 2022 by Kyle Rogers

Employees and students were invited to participate in a Diversity and Inclusion Walk as part of UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry’s 4th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week.
Employees and students were invited to participate in a Diversity and Inclusion Walk as part of UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry’s 4th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week. Photo by Gustavo Huerta.

Participants took park in a variety of activities and virtual programs during UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry’s 4th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week held across Jan. 17-22.

After employees and students were encouraged to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on their own, activities opened at the with a Diversity and Inclusion Walk during the noon lunch hour Tuesday, Jan. 17. Groups were led by Robert Spears, PhD, MS, associate dean for student and academic affairs; Muhammad Walji, MS, PhD, associate dean for technology services and informatics; and Shalizeh “Shelly” Patel, DDS, interim associate dean for patient care. See photos and video.

Presentations were delivered via Cisco Webex for a second straight year and included:

Recordings are available on Panopto (UTHealth credentials required for log-in).

Additionally, the dental school community was asked to share a unique trait, feature, or talent about themselves or a colleague throughout the week. Answers were compiled into a video, and the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences was named the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week’s Most Unique Department contest winner.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week was organized by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness Council and sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs.

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