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 that support and promote diversity at UAB and help Birmingham and university trailblazers move inclusion forward.

Diversity as a Core Value

At the UAB School of Dentistry, we value a professional, ethical, inviting and supportive atmosphere for all. We embrace 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.

We also actively foster and maintain effective external relations and collaborations within the city, state, and nation that enhance and support programs of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Through engaging faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community alike, we believe our accomplishments are attributable to the rich intellectual and culturally diverse ideas of our many constituents.

At the heart of our efforts, the school aims to increase, retain, 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

Explore inclusivity through these practical educational modules.

Strategic Goals & Actions

The school’s strategic goals and actions reflect our continued commitment to breaking down barriers and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Our initiatives are aligned with campus diversity 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 diversity education programming by incorporating initiatives like The Common Thread, workshops, and cultural awareness curriculum throughout the year,
  • 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.