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UAB. Inspiring equity and inclusive excellence every day.

Diversity is a defining feature of Birmingham's past, present, and future and is at the core of UAB values. It insures the excellent, inclusive, and welcoming environment that makes our university a great place to work, learn, and receive patient care. UAB’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers an array of programs and resources for faculty, staff, and students.

Diversity as a Core Value

At the UAB School of Dentistry, we value a professional, ethical, inviting and supportive atmosphere for all. We embrace all forms of diversity as a criterion of excellence, vigorously promote faculty, staff, and student diversity and inclusion at all levels of the university, and continue to explore ways to create a diverse and inclusive environment.

At the heart of our efforts, the school aims to support and enhance faculty, staff, student, and patient diversity through our strategic goals and actions, student activities, and diversity committee endeavors.

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The Common Thread

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Strategic Goals & Actions

The school’s strategic goals and actions reflect our continued commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Our initiatives are aligned with campus goals and programs. They include:

  • recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff through innovative programming,
  • promoting a positive culture by creating opportunities for education and energetic discussion,
  • enhancing understanding and collaboration among faculty, staff and students by incorporating initiatives like The Common Thread,
  • strengthening and sustaining relationships within the campus and community to promote equity and inclusion, and
  • utilizing a variety of platforms to enhance communications about and among diverse groups.

Reporting Channels

The School of Dentistry (SOD) is committed to a working and learning environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

SOD Diversity & Inclusion Team

The SOD Diversity & Inclusion team is available to meet with SOD personnel to discuss any issues of harassment, bias, discrimination, microaggressions, misconduct, or mistreatment. This is a *private system for:

  • faculty,
  • staff,
  • trainees, and
  • dental students

to report concerns regarding possible discrimination, harassment, or other forms of misconduct at the SOD. This is an informal process and may include methods to resolve the complaint through unofficial means such as mediation and dialogue.

*In all cases, reports made through the SOD Diversity & Inclusion form are treated with the greatest degree of discretion possible and maintained on a strict need-to-know basis. However, privacy of the information is maintained to the degree that it does not interfere with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct.

File a Report

The following link will open the reporting form. After completing the form, hit the “submit” button. The complaint will be forwarded to the SOD Diversity & Inclusion team.

File a Report with SOD D&I Team

Contact Us

Shandra Coble,

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.