Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Library

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry assures that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment and is committed to serving all people -- regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. To fulfill this mission, we all must confront our biases and actively pursue the goal of equity and inclusion for all.

These videos have been curated by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to guide you along the journey of creating a better and more just School of Dentistry.


Anthony Peterson, an educator and diversity consultant, gives a frank talk about race and how we discuss it in "What I am learning from my white grandchildren - truths about race." Peterson researches, designs and facilitates workshops on diversity and inclusion.


In this TED Talk, Vernā Myers, VP of Inclusion Strategy for Netflix and author of “Moving Diversity Forward,” makes a plea in this funny and poignant video "How to come overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them."


The University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs assembled four experts in the fields of public health, policy, global health, and law to discuss racism as a public health crisis in the United States in "Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond."

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HLSDA Spanish Lesson Lunch & Learn

The Hispanic & Latino Student Dental Association (HLSDA) recently held a Spanish Lesson Lunch & Learn on October 29. The HLSDA encourage everyone to seek out media in Spanish, such as movies, music, podcasts or apps like Duolingo. Here is a helpful 50-page document from the National Hispanic Dental Association with general office terms, communication with the receptionist, appointments with the dentist, appointments with the hygienist, expressions for specialties, payment and making appointments, and a large glossary.

Perhaps the most important phase for non-Spanish speaking providers to know aside from simple introductions is how to tell the patient that an interpreter is on the way:

Please wait a moment, we will call an interpreter.

Por favor espere un momento, llamaremos a un intérprete.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Isabella Christianson GalinaSarah Lynn or Jose Gigato Gonzalez.