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

Wenyuan Shi

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"We always want to make sure that our research environment promotes diversity and equity. In my scientific career, I’ve had a lab for over 25 years and have had the opportunity to interact with many scientists, and among them, many minorities. I’ve very proud to have had the opportunity to work with them, mentor them, and see them move up to become very successful scientists. Being the CEO of the Forsyth Institute, we strongly promote minority students and find them to be critical in our overall success."

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-   Wenyuan Shi, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers

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"Those who will be successful at increasing diversity will have to be willing to reimagine policies. Reimagining policies means that you arrive at the understanding that diversity is not a thing we do just because it is morally right or socially just, but we do it because it has been irrefutably proven to be the key to achieving academic excellence on individual and institutional levels."

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-   Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry.

Kamran Awan

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"While pursuing my Ph.D. and being in the research field for some time, it became very clear to me that AADR was an important platform to not only share the research I am passionate about but also meet other researchers from all over the world and build network and forge friendships."

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-   Kamran Awan, Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, South Jordan, Utah

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.


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