AADR Members from diverse backgrounds complete research and change dentistry every day. Learn about some of them! 

Christopher Okunseri

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"One role that associations can play is to give underrepresented minority/ethnic groups a strong voice and a platform for support and recognition. Professional associations must identify their needs, challenges and provide opportunities and the ability for recognition and growth. If the needs and challenges are not recognized then no opportunities can be provided."

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-   Christopher Okunseri, Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wis.

Reginald W. Taylor

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"To be perfectly honest, early in my career I found it to be unsettling to be the only one or one of two or three members of an underrepresented minority in a session… Fortunately, things are changing for the better… My work as a member of the AADR Committee on Diversity and Inclusion has definitely allowed me to help develop mechanisms to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in dental research."

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-   Reginald W. Taylor, Texas A&M (Baylor) College of Dentistry, Dallas

Suzette Laing

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"I think first understanding the necessity of a diverse work force is key. Once this happens then the effort to implement programs and policies to achieve this becomes easier. This can start with something as simple as reaching out to underrepresented student groups and making them aware of opportunities and resources available through the AADR for them to be involved in research."

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-   Suzette Laing, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor

Francisco Ramos-Gomez

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"AADR members can advocate for gender and race diversity. Diversity produces a much stronger team and improved collaboration, increasing success by driving scientific discovery to be more innovative, more inclusive and to match the needs of the community you are trying to serve."

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-   Francisco Ramos-Gomez, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry

Hansel M. Fletcher

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"As a scientist, educator and administrator from an underrepresented population, I have leveraged my experience to continue the development of highly motivated people. One of my goals and guiding principle is to continue working towards promoting diversity within the scientific arena by actively recruiting and training students from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations and by serving as a role model, mentor and advisor to these individuals."

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-   Hansel M. Fletcher, Loma Linda University, Calif.

Chun-Teh Lee

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"There are many opportunities for all researchers regardless of gender, race and background. Of course, researchers from under-represented groups still face many challenges nowadays. Academic institutions and professional associations have to improve diversity and avoid unfairness in research."

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-   Chun-Teh Lee, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Petros Gebreselassie

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"Underrepresented minority groups account for disproportionately smaller percentages of people in research and development. Professional associations such as AADR can play pivotal roles by helping the participation and advancement of minorities in research and development."

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- Petros Gebreselassie, Ashland Inc., Bridgewater, N.J.

Ana Paula Piovezan Fugolin

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"In 5-10 years I see myself as an independent faculty member developing relevant researchers. My main goals are to: encourage and give opportunities for motivated people develop themselves, as my mentor does, and to see that my efforts can be reflected in real benefits for the patients."

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- Ana Paula Piovezan Fugolin, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Lydia M. Lopez del Valle

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"I have had very great mentors. They encouraged me to get into this field of research, and with these mentors I have made a lot of collaborations. My mentors introduced me to other researchers in various fields like microbiology to help me understand the bacterium Streptococcus mutans and its relation to ECC. An important aspect of research is having great mentors and people in various science fields to collaborate with."

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- Lydia M. Lopez del Valle, University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, San Juan

Joana Cunha-Cruz

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"The topic of my research is disparities in oral health, and I am very aware of these disparities and inequalities in this country and the world. I am very aware of the gaps that exist in oral health and quality of life between minorities. I am also aware of the various disparities that researchers experience and building resilience is an important aspect of that."

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- Joana Cunha-Cruz, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle

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