E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993, revised 2002, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020)

Policy Number: E-4

Policy Category: Dental School Admin Policies and Student Government

The American Student Dental Association believes dental schools should ensure all students, faculty, staff and administration are sensitive to the diversity of their colleagues and patients. 

ASDA defines diversity as ‘differences among individual characteristics, professional choices or demographics including, but not limited to: race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression.’ ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations. 

ASDA believes dental schools should provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff and administration. Sexist, discriminatory or insensitive language and practices are unacceptable. 

ASDA supports and encourages the incorporation of diversity training and cultural competence as part of dental education. ASDA also encourages the recruitment and retention of diverse dental student populations in organized dentistry. 

ASDA supports and encourages equity for all students within dental education, which includes equipment and facility accommodations where appropriate to ensure student safety and comfort. 

ASDA supports reasonable academic accommodations for religious and cultural observances. 

ASDA supports efforts to reduce barriers to care for diverse populations.