Diversify Dentistry Youth Summit at ATSU

Date(s) - October 20, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

ATSU-Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

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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 October 20th, 2023, the Diversify Diversity Youth Summit will be hosted at A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). Fifty 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, learn about dental anatomy, a hands-on lab experience, engage in a panel discussion, and 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.


Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships, Inc., would like to give a special recognition to ATSU Diversity and Inclusion and its Dreamline Pathways program for making this event possible.

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Register for this event by completing our registration form.