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Out and Safe: Supporting an Inclusive Dental School Community


The idea of creating a more humanistic and culturally competent dental school environment is highlighted in the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s (CODA) Accreditation Standards for Dental Education Programs. Yet, many LGBTQ students face obstacles that can hinder their successful admission, matriculation and persistence in dental school. Deans, faculty, admissions officers and other school employees must understand these challenges to foster a more inclusive school setting that enables success for all students. Gallup recently reported that 8.1% of millennials identify as being members of the LGBTQ community. Because the millennial generation comprises the largest cohort of students applying to dental school and entering the dental workforce, it is imperative that dental school communities explore ways to create a more inclusive and equitable environment.

Join us for an exploratory discussion on fostering safe and open environments for LGBTQ students. This webinar, co-sponsored by the ADEA Access, Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio and the ADEA Gay-Straight Alliance Section, will identify challenges faced by LGBTQ students and explain why supporting these students is important for the advancement of dental education.

Session speakers share their experiences in creating a climate of inclusiveness for LGBTQ students within their institutions and provide tips for creating a more equitable environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why supporting LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and persons needing care is an important topic for dental education. 
  2. Examine terminology accepted by members of the LGBTQ community.
  3. Identify student life challenges and barriers faced by members of the LGBTQ community within dental education.
  4. Discuss best practices to improve cultural competence and ways to support LGBTQ students throughout their dental education experience.

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 live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Aug. 30, 2021. 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.


  • Jena Cabrera

    Jena Cabrera completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Soon after, she obtained a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is now enrolled in the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Ms. Cabrera seeks to raise awareness on issues facing her peers.

  • Stan Constantino

    Stan Constantino is Director of Admissions at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Dugoni School) in San Francisco—the nation’s only accelerated, three-year predoctoral dental education program. He oversees the Dugoni School’s enrollment processes and strategies, including its recruitment, evaluation and predental outreach programs. In addition to his admissions work, Mr. Constantino assists in the Dugoni School’s strategic planning and accreditation task force committees and serves as advisor for several student organizations. He serves as the campus diversity lead and chair of the Dugoni School’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Mr. Constantino received his undergraduate degree in political science and broadcast journalism from the University of Hawaii and his master’s degree in education and organizational leadership from the University of San Francisco.

  • Rosa Chaviano-Moran, D.M.D.

    Rosa Chaviano-Moran, D.M.D., earned her dental degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). As RSDM Associate Dean for Admissions, she serves as administrator, faculty, recruiter and mentor, providing support services for current and prospective students, especially those underrepresented in dentistry. Dr. Chaviano-Moran is the dental director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Health Professions Educational Program as well as all RSDM educational pipeline programs. She is the co-faculty advisor for the RSDM Hispanic Dental Association and the Dental Association for Equality—a platform for student advocacy in the LGBTQ community. Dr. Chaviano-Moran is a member of the American Dental Education Association, American Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, National Association of Medical Minority Educators and National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

  • Todd V. Ester, D.D.S., M.S.

    Todd V. Ester, D.D.S., M.S., is the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD). Dr. Ester plans and delivers programs and services related to diversity issues for students, faculty and staff at U-M SOD and coordinates diversity programs and functions for students. Dr. Ester served on the Steering Committee for U-M SOD’s 2014 Climate Study and as a Steward for the Strategic Plan: People Domain. He was also a DEI co-lead for the U-M SOD five-year Strategic Plan. Dr. Ester is an unconscious bias trainer for the U-M Health System.

  • Herminio Perez, D.M.D., M.B.A.

    Herminio Perez, D.M.D., M.B.A., is the Director of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). He received a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico and his D.M.D. degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Dr. Perez completed a General Practice Residency and a Chief Residency program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, where he became an Attending and Site-supervisor. Additionally, he completed a one-year certificate in aesthetic dentistry from the New York University College of Dentistry and later earned his M.B.A., with a concentration in health sector management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Silberman College of Business.

August 30, 2018
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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