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Texas A&M College of Dentistry students celebrate Culture Fest 2018

Diversity & Inclusion at College of Dentistry

Texas A&M University College of Dentistry is an environment comprised of faculty, staff, students, and patients who represent a vast array of cultural backgrounds, preferences, and beliefs. College of Dentistry identifies diversity and inclusiveness among its core values and is committed to maintaining a climate that cultivates a lifelong sense of belonging.

We define diversity as the inclusion, welcoming, and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. The characteristics can include, but are not limited to: age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity/expression, geographical location, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience.

Those within the college are expected to show respect for individual differences, seek to understand and value the perspectives of others, and participate in the creation and sustainability of an accessible environment that promotes fairness and equality.

Similarly, the college commits to increasing access to dental care and improving the oral health of the diverse community of Texans through the provision of culturally sensitive care for patients within the college and at community sites in the northeast Texas area and throughout the state.

Goals and strategies for achieving exclusive excellence are detailed in the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Meet the Director

Dr. Holyfield

Dr. Lavern Holyfield, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development is also chair of the Faculty Development Committee (FDC).  

In addition, Dr. Holyfield is a fellow of the American Dental Association’s (ADEA) Leadership Institute and the 2012-2013 ADEA Gies Foundation Education Fellow.  She also completed the Institute for Teaching and Learning, a program sponsored by the ADEA and the Academy for Academic Leadership.

As head Director of Diversity, Dr. Holyfield works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students throughout the institution to foster and sustain a culture that practices, values, and promotes diversity and inclusion, equity and access throughout the institution.

Dr. Holyfield can be reached at: