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Two leading dental publications are taking an in-depth look at diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the roles that educators and practitioners can play in enhancing our profession and improving care for all.

I had the pleasure to co-edit the October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association, which focuses on the theme “DEIB: Looking to a Future of Equity and Excellence.”  I encourage you to explore the full issue here. It also includes articles from Dr. Mary J. Lomax-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at University of the Pacific, and Dr. Elisa Chávez, professor at the Dugoni School and Director of our Pacific Center for Equity in Oral Health Care.

The September issue of the American Dental Education Association’s Journal of Dental Education also focuses on ways that the dental education community can strengthen its dedication to DEIB and commitment to health equity.

Explore the full issue here. Along with our last two ADEA principal officers, I was invited to co-author a piece about “HURE Leadership Pathways: A New Landscape of Value, Intentionality, and Belief.” In addition, Dugoni School faculty member Dr. Michelle Brady co-authored two of the articles available here and here.

Also we are proud that one of our students, Aishu Ravivarapu, has been recognized as the 2022 AAOMS Best Poster Award Winner during the recent Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the association.  Congratulations to student Dr. Ravivarapu and her mentor Dr. Fatima Mashkoor.

I would like to wish everyone a happy Juneteenth, as our country officially celebrates our new federal holiday for the second year. Also, I encourage you to read a guest opinion piece written by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for DEI at University of the Pacific, which was published over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Welcome to a fresh start to a new month on this first day of February.  As we held our vaccine clinic last night with members of our school family continuing to volunteer their time and serve our school family and community, I was struck by the fact that we started providing these life-saving vaccines to members of our school family and community almost exactly one year ago.

Happy Lunar New Year to the Dugoni School family and to those around the world who celebrate. We certainly hope the “Year of the Tiger” brings healing and good news both here and abroad. Learn more about the international holiday celebrated in many Asian countries here.

February is also recognized as Black History Month. A variety of events, performances, and celebrations are taking place both virtually and in person to highlight the role of Black / African American people in our country’s history. Please see a list of opportunities in which to get involved here.

I hope your Tuesday is off to a good start. Yesterday was a time of observance of both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. Columbus Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1934, while the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day took root more recently. Read a brief overview of both days here.

As we look toward the future, please take a minute to reflect on where we have been. Our newly published 2020-2021 Academic Year in Review highlights some of the stories, metrics, and milestones of our last academic year. We compile this publication each year to showcase the important work done by School family. You may see your own projects highlighted among the pages. Thank you to our team members in the Marketing and Communications and Design and Photo departments for your work on the issue. The publication is available online and we will also have a limited number of printed copies available upon request.

This week marks Sterile Processing Week (formerly International Central Service Week), celebrated October 10 - 16, 2021. Please thank the members of the Central Sterilization and Dispensing Department for the important work they do each day. They are on the front lines of patient and provider safety here at the Dugoni School, as they are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilization, assembling, testing, and otherwise managing the instruments and equipment used to care for our patients. Our clinics could not function safely or successfully without their important contributions.