Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality: Progress

Our commitment to our mission of Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality requires transparency and accountability. This tracking page is designed to keep you informed on the most up to date steps taken to achieve our goal

Student/Faculty/Staff Demographics

ongoing

College of Dentistry’s Admission Committee and Graduate Education Committee review the College’s Admissions policies and procedures on an annual basis to identify best practices.

postponed

ADEA provides both the College Admission and Graduate Education Committees with workshops on Application Review, Bias Training and Best Practices. The workshops are taken by Committee members.

ongoing

The College’s Urban Health Program collaborates with the College of Medicine and UI Health to expand opportunities for students in our Pipeline Programs (Post Bacc Program).

completed

Modification of Office of Student and Diversity Affairs roles and responsibilities to assist with the expansion of these efforts.

ongoing

COD Offices of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs review the COD faculty and staff recruitment procedures and hiring policies for best practices regarding.

Curriculum

ongoing

Predoctoral Curriculum Committee (CC) creates an Ad-hoc CC Subcommittee on Racism and Bias in the Curriculum and opportunities to add Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality.

Climate

ongoing

Provide our College Community with more opportunities for discussions regarding Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality. These opportunities include Dean’s Office Hours, Town Halls and Discussions with the Dean. Discussions at the Class and Departmental level.

ongoing

UI Health develops an Anti-Racism Statement that all of the Health Science Colleges will adopt, including the College of Dentistry.

completed

The new Bias Reporting process created by the UIC Office of Diversity is integrated and utilized by COD.

ongoing

Implement College wide Climate Survey in 2021.

Education/Trainings

completed

New COD classes participate in an Anti- Racism Summer Reading Program prior to their orientation. Discussions regarding the reading take place during orientation.

completed

COD held its inaugural joint virtual Conference for both faculty and staff. The focus of the Conference was on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality.

completed

COD establishes and operates a Resilience Center to assist with a variety of needs for students, faculty and staff, including Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Equality.

ongoing

Review of onboarding (orientations) for members of our COD community for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality.

postponed

COD Offices of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs review and modify orientations for faculty and staff to include Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality content.