The College operates several outreach clinics targeting underserved special

The college operates several outreach clinics

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The College operates several outreach clinics targeting underserved special populations—one dedicated to Appalachian elderly, one to Latinos/Latinas and a third located on campus for focusing on the elderly. The College has launched an aggressive student recruitment initiative that includes a summer Institute for high school students, and the DENTPATH program, which supports college graduates to better prepare 14
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them for success in dental school. Two students from the DENTPATH program have been enrolled in dental school and are doing well. The College also supports national minority dental societies. Progress The College has been more successful in recruiting women than minorities. However, if current initiatives are sustained, this picture is likely to change slowly but surely over the next few years. Of note is that the administrative and professional staff is well represented with women and some minorities. The diversity of the student body is not as diverse as the campus as a whole but moving slowly in that direction. Response to Recommendations The College took seriously last year’s recommendations and implemented them. Medicine Overall assessment This overall assessment recognizes that the College is a large and complex unit that includes 21 departments, approximately 600 clinical and regular faculty, an additional 700 auxiliary faculty and over 1,200 staff. In addition, the Dean has overarching responsibility for the medical practice at the Medical Center. The College has an Office for Diversity and Cultural Affairs focused on diversity programs for underrepresented students. The Dean has created a council made up of the top leadership of the College to advise the Dean on policies aimed at addressing diversity across the system. The council is noteworthy because it represents broad areas of the College/medical center and connects to multiple systems where change may need to occur including operations, medical education, quality assurance, and academic affairs. Departments are expected to track and report the gender and minority status of applicants for faculty positions, providing consistent and comparable data over time. A structured mentoring program for faculty and staff is being developed based on study of effective practices in departments. These actions represent systematic cross-organizational strategies to address diversity by focusing on specific systems and using local data. This approach can limit issues from being addressed across the College. For example, the environment for GLBT students is addressed via a course for MED-1 students on human sexuality. Student data are used to improve the class and develop additional classes for MED II and III students, but does not address the environment for faculty and staff.
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