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Purnima Kumar

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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. 

Tamanna Tiwari

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"When I saw the announcement for AADR MIND the Future I thought 'Oh, this is written for me!' The program does a great job at bringing up a lot of things...it allows us to hold very difficult conversations, that we wouldn’t always have, in a candid way — it provides a very safe and welcoming space. You feel supported, you feel you are not alone. We support each other and come up with ideas together."

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-   Tamanna Tiwari, School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado, Aurora 

Noriaki Ono

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"It is extremely important to increase the awareness that there are strong opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the field. Disseminating information is probably not enough, but we must actively recruit students or trainees to our field, to maintain the diversity of the research workforce."

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-   Noriaki Ono, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

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.


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