Events Calendar



Mar 4

HSDM Event

HSDM Diversity Week 2024: Looking Within, Onward, and Upward 

Date: Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, 2024
Location: HSDM Campus and on Zoom  

The theme of this year’s Diversity Week is Looking Within, Onward, and Upward. Join us for an engaging series of events featuring speakers from across the country who will highlight diverse perspectives in dentistry and how they influence our work in oral health, medicine, and academia. You are invited to a special reception to kick off the festivities and are welcome to attend any Lunch and Learn programs throughout the week. 

Opening Reception 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School

Join us for a festive opening reception featuring spoken word artist, musicians, refreshments, and a keynote by Dr. Nicole Cheek, the 2024 president of the National Dental Association.  Registration is required to attend. 

Lunch and Learn Series

Socio-Economic Disparities in Oral Health 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

Kicking off our Diversity Week Lunch and Learn Series, will be Dr. George Taylor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the oral health of individuals in the US has greatly improved since the 1960s, there are still subsets of the population that report as having some of the worst oral health in the country. Learn more and register for this talk.

LGBTQIA+ People and the Medical System 

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

On Tuesday, March 5th at 12-noon in the REB Auditorium, HSDM will host Dr. Alex Keuroghlian from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. According to a study reported in Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience (April 2022), approximately 70% of gender minority adults and 56% of sexual minority adults experienced discrimination from health providers. Learn more and register for the talk.

Accessible Oral Health for Neurodivergent Patients 

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

According to the Equality Act 2010, no individual should be discriminated against in service provision, employment, or education.  A paper in Nature (July 21, 2023) reported that neurominorities (whether they identify as disabled or not) are protected under this law.  However, despite this stipulation, many face substantial health inequalities.  Learn more and register.

Men of Color in Health Care and Research 

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

According to the 2022 US Dentist Demographic Dashboard, only 3.8% of US dentists are Black and the American Dental Education Association reported a 16% decrease in the dental school application pool in 2020.  On Thursday, March 7th, HSDM will welcome Dr. Todd Ester, the Director of DEI at the University of Michigan who will lead a discussion on Men of Color in Health Care and Research.  Learn more and register.

Trauma Informed Care in Oral Health 

Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

Medical providers have a unique opportunity to provide attuned support to reduce the impacts of interpersonal, generational, and systemic harm.  On Friday, March 8th, our partners at SHARE in the Office for Gender Equity will round out our Diversity Week programming by leading us in a comprehensive review of the foundations of trauma informed practice. Through an interactive workshop, SHARE counselors will guide our Lunch and Learn participants through different scenarios where a dentist may have the opportunity to learn and apply informed approaches in their professional practice.  Learn more and register.

Mar 4

HSDM Diversity Week 2024: Looking Within, Onward, and Upward 

Date: Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, 2024
Location: HSDM Campus and on Zoom  

The theme of this year’s Diversity Week is Looking Within, Onward, and Upward. Join us for an engaging series of events featuring speakers from across the country who will highlight diverse perspectives in dentistry and how they influence our work in oral health, medicine, and academia. You are invited to a special reception to kick off the festivities and are welcome to attend any Lunch and Learn programs throughout the week. 

Opening Reception 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School

Join us for a festive opening reception featuring spoken word artist, musicians, refreshments, and a keynote by Dr. Nicole Cheek, the 2024 president of the National Dental Association.  Registration is required to attend. 

Lunch and Learn Series

Socio-Economic Disparities in Oral Health 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

Kicking off our Diversity Week Lunch and Learn Series, will be Dr. George Taylor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the oral health of individuals in the US has greatly improved since the 1960s, there are still subsets of the population that report as having some of the worst oral health in the country. Learn more and register for this talk.

LGBTQIA+ People and the Medical System 

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

On Tuesday, March 5th at 12-noon in the REB Auditorium, HSDM will host Dr. Alex Keuroghlian from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. According to a study reported in Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience (April 2022), approximately 70% of gender minority adults and 56% of sexual minority adults experienced discrimination from health providers. Learn more and register for the talk.

Accessible Oral Health for Neurodivergent Patients 

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

According to the Equality Act 2010, no individual should be discriminated against in service provision, employment, or education.  A paper in Nature (July 21, 2023) reported that neurominorities (whether they identify as disabled or not) are protected under this law.  However, despite this stipulation, many face substantial health inequalities.  Learn more and register.

Men of Color in Health Care and Research 

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

According to the 2022 US Dentist Demographic Dashboard, only 3.8% of US dentists are Black and the American Dental Education Association reported a 16% decrease in the dental school application pool in 2020.  On Thursday, March 7th, HSDM will welcome Dr. Todd Ester, the Director of DEI at the University of Michigan who will lead a discussion on Men of Color in Health Care and Research.  Learn more and register.

Trauma Informed Care in Oral Health 

Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hybrid - REB Auditorium and Zoom

Medical providers have a unique opportunity to provide attuned support to reduce the impacts of interpersonal, generational, and systemic harm.  On Friday, March 8th, our partners at SHARE in the Office for Gender Equity will round out our Diversity Week programming by leading us in a comprehensive review of the foundations of trauma informed practice. Through an interactive workshop, SHARE counselors will guide our Lunch and Learn participants through different scenarios where a dentist may have the opportunity to learn and apply informed approaches in their professional practice.  Learn more and register.