2023 Diversify Diversity Youth Summit at SPEAR

Date(s) - July 11, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

SPEAR Education

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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 groups (HUGS) 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

Two happy future dentists standing in front of a Diversify Dentistry sign

On July 11th, 2023, the Diversify Diversity Youth Summit will be hosted at SPEAR Education in Scottsdale, Az. Twenty 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.


We encourage students, dental students, dental mentors, and volunteers to reserve a ticket and register today to be a part of this transformative event! Register for this event by completing our registration form.