Dennis A. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., has taken the role of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine's Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. In his new administrative capacity in the Office of the Provost, Dr. Mitchell will lead, plan and coordinate Columbia’s ongoing commitment to attracting, advancing and retaining a diverse faculty. In addition, he will collaborate with the leadership of each of Columbia’s Schools to evaluate and strengthen their diversity initiatives.
Dr. Mitchell has been on the Columbia DCM faculty since 1991 and has shown a deep commitment to enhancing diversity. He addressed with a range of programs the oral health needs of underserved populations, notably in the communities surrounding Columbia University. Dr. Mitchell led Columbia CDM’s diversity programs that target faculty development, training and the enrollment of underrepresented minority students. From 2004–2010, he was the Institutional Project Director for ADEA’s Minority Dental Faculty Development Program, a collaborative effort of five New York State academic dental centers. Dr. Mitchell is a Co-Principal Investigator on two pipeline development programs that bring more than 100 young scholars from underrepresented groups to the CUMC campus each summer.