Diversity Task Force

Diversity Task Force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established in 2010 the committee’s charge is to move forward the diversity initiatives of the UMKC School of Dentistry’s strategic plan and to cultivate a climate that welcomes and respects diversity. 

Support has also been given to this committee through the REACH Foundation and Resource Development Institute. The Task Force is currently chaired by Brenda Bohaty (faculty), Maryjane Bruning (staff), and Ashley Asano (student).

Mission Statement - Serve as a catalyst for improving the diversity and cultural competency of the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Dentistry’s students, staff, faculty and administration by reducing oral health disparities and facilitation of buy in/ownership of its infusion into the fiber/culture of the institutions.

Membership - All students, staff and faculty of the School of Dentistry are always welcome to participate in this taskforce.  The taskforce rotates meetings between the first Thursday OR first Friday of each month. Please contact one of the Task Force chairs for time and location.

 

Roles & Responsibilities - All students, staff and faculty of the SOD are always welcome to participate in this taskforce.  Members should share a fundamental belief that diversity and cultural competency are desired and beneficial for the betterment of the School of Dentistry and society in general.

 

Additional roles and responsibilities include:

    • Commitment to the diversity goals outlined in the UMKC School of Dentistry Strategic Plan.
    • Commitment to growth, participation, and membership in activities and meetings of committee. 
    • Be a contributing voice in general, but in particular, areas that constitutes your domain or expertise/knowledge in the areas of discussion/concern.
    • Champion diversity and cultural competency activities in your daily arena.
    • Make advanced preparation for scheduled meeting i.e. research, investigation, literature, references and/or articles on the subject matter.
    • Take leadership in the planning of diversity forums/venues that are directed toward your peer group.

 

Cultural Competence Definition Approved by Taskforce - “Cultural Competency is the genuine sensitivity, respect, and ongoing commitment to learning about people regardless of race/ethnicity, disability, religion, creed, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual orientation.”

 

Accomplishments

  • School wide “Cultural Competency Feedback Survey” distributed in April 2011.
  • Summary survey reports presented individually to student, staff, and faculty groups in Summer 2011.
  • In March 2011 the Diversity Taskforce submitted a proposal to UMKC SOD Strategic Planning Committee with wording suggestions to make the strategic plan more inclusive. 
  • The Diversity Taskforce was recognized as a standing committee with full Dean’s support.
  • Display case on second floor has been made available to share diversity initiatives and upcoming events.
  • Established a diversity speaker series.  First speaker was Mr. Alvin Brooks (Kansas City civic activist and community supporter) in July 2012.  John Fierro (President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center) was the second speaker in October 2012.  In March 2013, Bob Kendrick (President of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum) spoke on “The Legacy of Negro League Baseball & Buck O’Neil.
  • Initiated discussion regarding “Bushwacker” name change.
  • Helped establish a volunteer Spanish translator program for the UMKC School of Dentistry clinic.
  • Initiated conversation with Alumni & Development Office regarding inclusion of diverse perspectives at the Midwest Dental Conference speakers and within the Explorer’s Alumni Magazine.

Contact Info

Dr. Brenda Bohaty
BohatyB@umkc.edu
Faculty Chair

Maryjane Bruning bruningm@umkc.edu
Staff Chair

Ashley Asano aea427@mail.umkc.edu
Student Chair

Commemorative Months

February
African American History Month
Dental Health Month
March
Dental Auxiliary Week (first week)
Women’s History Month
April
National Jewish Heritage Week
National Health Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
May
Cinco de Mayo
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
June
Juneteenth
July
Independence Day
Ramadan
August
Hawaii’s Statehood Day
(August 21st)
Womens’ Equality Day
(August 26th)
September
Hispanic Heritage Month
(Sept 15th-October 15th)
October
Dental Hygiene Month
LGBT History Month
November
Native American Heritage Day (Day After Thanksgiving)