On this page you will find Faces of Dental Research interviews, tools and resources, news, external links, publications/evidence, opportunities/awards and links to the  Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Women in Science Network.
Faces of Dental Research is a new project inspired by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion that highlights the diversity of the dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce and brings visibility to the contributions of researchers from underrepresented groups.  AADOCR Members from diverse backgrounds complete research and change dentistry every day. Learn about some of them!  

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"To me, diversity is a very complex word. But a more important aspect of diversity is inclusion. You can recruit the most diverse group of individuals, but unless you make them feel included, and understand that we all work to a common goal, we cannot find the win for everyone.​"

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-   Purnima Kumar, Professor of Periodontology at The Ohio State University, Columbus. 

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is an AADOCR committee of nine members to develop programs for promoting diversity and inclusion within AADOCR and the dental, oral and craniofacial workforce.  

View the Committee Officers

Women in Science Network

The Women in Science Network (WISN) is a network of the IADR. WISN aims to serve the need for promoting the interests of women, communication, research collaboration and career mentoring among – but not restricted to – female members. 

View the WISN Website

AADOCR is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the organization and the broader dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce. Diversity and inclusion are essential for research excellence. AADOCR’s goal is to achieve diversity at all levels of research – from trainees to senior researchers at all the places where research takes place. A diverse research workforce is one is representative of the United States population. An inclusive research environment is one in which people from all backgrounds feel welcome and empowered to make meaningful contributions to research.

Please contact Director of Science Policy & Government Affairs  Makyba Charles-Ayinde if you have any questions or would like to discuss additional ways to participate in AADOCR diversity efforts.