2024 Second Quarter Newsletter



Happy 4th of July!

We wish you a joyful and safe Independence Day celebration!

The Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships team is bursting with excitement to share all the amazing things we’ve been up to! Dive into our second-quarter newsletter to discover the incredible milestones, inspiring stories, and exciting plans that are propelling our mission forward.

Let’s celebrate together!


Committed to Diversity in Dentistry in Arizona: Our Inaugural Student Summit at Midwestern University!

We are excited to share that we expanded our Diversify Dentistry Youth Summit™ in Arizona with our Diversify Dentistry Student Summit at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine!

Diversify Dentistry Student Summit at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine

Our recent Student Summit at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine was a resounding success! Underrepresented pre-dental students experienced hands-on activities, including dental restoration, CAD/CAM technology, and the Simodont Dental Trainer. The day featured inspiring talks from dental professionals, a Q&A session, and concluded with an empowering White Coat Ceremony. This Summit reinforced our commitment to diversifying dentistry and supporting the next generation of dental professionals. Read the full article on our website to learn more about this inspiring event!

Read the article
Watch our recap video on Instagram

NEW Panel & Social: SPEAR Education

Another new event DIDM is working hard to prepare for, in collaboration with SPEAR Education, is our inaugural Panel & Social. This is a chance for community dentists, pre-dental students, and dental students to socialize over food and listen to a panel of specialists at SPEAR’s state-of-the-art campus.

Community dentists…we need you to sign up and attend! You will not be able to understand the profound effect you will have for our students unless you speak with them in person.  They look up to you for guidance and support!

For more information regarding the summit, please email [email protected].  

Register for the event



October will be a busy month for DIDM! We are excited to share that we’re taking our Diversify Dentistry Youth Summit™ to the West Coast! The University of California, Los Angeles, will host our Diversify Dentistry Youth Summit for the first time.  In addition, we’re gearing up for our 3rd annual Diversify Dentistry Youth Summit at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Please email [email protected] if you’d like more information regarding our summits.

Check our calendar of events


Congratulations to our May scholarship winners, sponsored by the Delta Speaker Institute.


Dr. Laila Hishaw was featured in the Academy of General Dentistry Podcast 

“In this episode, Dr. George Schmidt connects with Dr. Laila Hishaw, a trailblazer in the area of mentorship and belong. She shares an important program she’s developed that seeks to bring more diversity to dental school. Dr. Hishaw is on a mission to elevate excellence and equity in dentistry through mentorship and inclusion strategies through her lectures, workshops, and executive leadership consulting.”

Listen Now on Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcast

Listen now on SoundCloud

We’ve gone international! Dr. Hishaw was a guest on the European Soft Bites Podcast

“In this conversation, we get to know Dr. Hishaw, her journey, and her amazing work bringing awareness and advocating for diversity in Dentistry. We wanted to talk with Dr Laila because the reality is (or our reality is) that we don’t hear much about diversity in Dentistry here in Europe. And we questioned: Is there a diversity problem in Dentistry? How will increasing the diversity in dentistry impact the dentists’ lives and the communities they serve? And how can we (dentists) be coached to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment?”

Watch the podcast


Take a look at how we’ve been serving our underrepresented youth, including pre-dental students and dental students!


Dental School Acceptances: Mariam and Osaivbie

We are so proud of our former interns and mentees, Mariam and Osaivbie, for getting accepted into the programs they worked so hard for, to fulfill their dream of becoming a dentist! Congratulations!


Are you or do you know of someone looking for a challenging yet rewarding career to help underrepresented youth become dentists? We are currently seeking an enthusiastic champion for diversity in dentistry to be our Operations Manager.

Read the full job description
Apply here


Thank you Delta Dental Institute for your unwavering support of inclusivity and diversity in dentistry!  

Without the generous support of the Delta Dental Institute Oral Health Diversity Fund, our national and local youth summits would not have been possible. Thank you for ensuring that our underrepresented youths from all over the nation will get the same encouragement, exposure, and education on the possibility that they can become a dentist to effect change in their own communities. 
Read more about the award


Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships is embracing new perspectives and elevating diversity in dentistry through the leadership of our board of directors and advisory council members.

To learn more about our leadership and read their bios, please visit our website. 

DIDM website