As part of an ongoing commitment to raise awareness of racial inequality in the dental profession and promote inclusivity, Faculty Dean, Ian Mills, and Vice Dean, Onkar Dhanoya, discuss the issues in a recent podcast, hosted by dental journal, The Probe. Listen to the podcast here.
In the podcast, Ian and Onkar outline the Faculty’s commitment to highlight inequality in all its forms, within the profession. The pair note the lack of ethnically-diverse leaders within dentistry and raise the importance of ethnic minority role models and mentors to inspire those at the start of their careers.
During the conversation, they raise the importance of finding long-term and sustainable solutions to promote equality within dentistry, and explain how the Faculty plans to approach this. One of the Faculty’s intentions is to form a group of dental healthcare professionals from all areas of the profession and from all backgrounds, to identify where inequality is occurring and start an open conversation about these issues.
Another aim is to collaborate with other dental organisations to promote equality, diversity and inclusivity in the profession. Ian explains they have started discussions with a range of bodies, including the British Dental Association and the Dental Schools Council, about possible ways forward.
You may also be interested in the following blog and webinar-recording on the subject.
Black Lives Matter: My experience as an Asian dentist – written in conjunction with colleague Olumide Ojo and Yewande Oduwole, winner of the inaugural Nik Pandya Dental Student of the Year award, Onkar discusses personal experiences of racism and inequality in dentistry.
Why Colour is the Elephant in the Room - Black Lives Matter - experiences from the dental profession – a recent webinar, hosted by Prodental CPD, where panellists and participants share experiences of equality and diversity in the dental profession and consider how to address these issues.