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Using Climate Surveys to Enhance Diversity Education


Climate surveys are an essential tool for pursuing deliberate strategies to build and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in dental education institutions. In pursuit of a new normal during a worldwide pandemic, climate survey results can be used to identify constructive practices for sustaining and enhancing engagement, faculty/staff recruitment and development, student enrichment, curriculum development, and institutional effectiveness and success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the need and value of climate surveys for the enhancement of a humanistic culture in dental education.
  • Assess and evaluate existing case studies to inform about how to conduct climate studies.
  • Describe best practices for the implementation of climate studies and explore methods of utilizing a climate survey tool at dental education institutions.

CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by June 4, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Todd V. Ester, D.D.S., M.A.

    Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Marita R. Inglehart, Dipl. Psych., Dr. phil., Dr. phil. habil.

    University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry & Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science & Arts (LS&A), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div.

    Director of Ethics Curriculum & the Director of the Pre-Doctoral Practice Group at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Richmond, VA.

  • George W. Taylor, D.M.D., M.P.H., DrPH

    Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion & Professor, University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA.

  • Felicia Tucker-Lively, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Vice President at the Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL), Atlanta, GA.

  • Tawana K. Ware, D.D.S., M.S.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of. Pediatric Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN.

June 4, 2020
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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