Diversify Dentistry Student Summit at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine

Date(s) - June 10, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine

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About the Cause

According to the American Dental Association, around 5 percent of dentists in the U.S. are Hispanic, fewer than four percent are Black and less than one percent are Native American. Unfortunately, as patients from historically underrepresented minority (HURM) backgrounds are more likely to visit medical professionals from their own communities, this shortage of dentists of color means many people go without dental care.

About the Event

Class listening to Mentor

On June 10th, 2024, the Diversify Dentistry Student Summit will be hosted at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. Thirty students from historically underrepresented groups are invited to attend the event, with the goal of diversifying the dental applicant pool with qualified and competitive candidates.

When it comes to the future of dentistry, we need to help young people realize their potential, provide guidance and spur on the next generation of dental school applicants from historically underrepresented groups. Students will be paired with dentist mentors who will join them for a day of lectures, be a ‘virtual dentist’, a hands-on 3D and computer design lab, and engage in a Mentor Power Lunch. The day will conclude with a memorable “white coat” ceremony, a traditional rite of passage for dentists, in which a white coat is placed on their shoulders, signifying their entrance into dentistry.

Join us on June 10th from 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9AM and the program promptly begins at 10AM.


Register by filling out the Google form HERE.


Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships, Inc., would like to give a special recognition to Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, the Delta Dental Institute Oral Health Diversity Fund, and Benco Family Foundation for making this event possible.




Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is the event free?  Yes!  The event is free to students.

2) Will lunch be provided?  Yes, lunch will be provided by Midwestern University.

3) Is transportation included? No, transportation will be the responsibility of the attendee.  If you have a transportation concern, please contact us at [email protected].

4) What is the earliest time I can be dropped-off?  Midwestern will be open for check-in starting at 9am on 6/10/24.

5) What is the maximum age for the event?  There is no maximum age, but the minimum age is 16.  The hands-on virtual reality experience of being a dentist should appeal to a wide variety of ages.  The ideal student will be a junior or senior in high school or a student obtaining their undergraduate degree.

6) Will the event address healthcare degrees outside of dentistry?  The event will focus only on dentistry, but Midwestern does offer several doctorate programs.

7) Do I need to obtain a bachelor’s degree before entering dental school?  Yes.