2020 ADEA Diversity & Inclusion Workshop:
ADEA Tapestry Table℠—Supporting LGBTQIA+ Health Equity

October 28, 2020, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time

Download a printable version of the 2020 ADEA Diversity & Inclusion Workshop agenda. PDF

The ADEA Diversity & Inclusion Workshop provides dental school administrators, faculty, students and staff with tools and strategies to promote and understand the roles that access, diversity, inclusion, equity and well-being play in promoting a humanistic environment within dental education. The aim of this learning symposium is to help participants understand the scope of the diversity-related Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards and to assist them in developing mission-driven diversity initiatives for their institutions.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the 2020 ADEA Diversity & Inclusion Workshop: Tapestry Table℠ presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways dental schools and allied dental education programs can incorporate humanistic approaches in their support of members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Examine how bias and discrimination impact interactions and decrease access to health care for transgender and non-binary people.
  • Describe the importance of providing culturally sensitive care for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  • Recognize key components and best practices necessary to create a welcoming, humanistic and nurturing health care environment for LGBTQIA+ persons seeking care.

Featured Guest


Dominique Jackson (She/Her/Hers)

Model, Author, Advocate, Activist and Actress
Groundbreaking FX television series POSE

American Dental Education Association


Ryan Quock, D.D.S. (He/Him/His)

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors
Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston


Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H. (She/Her/Hers)

ADEA President and CEO


Sonya G. Smith, Ed.D., J.D. (She/Her/Hers)

ADEA Chief Diversity Officer

ADEA Diversity & Inclusion: Tapestry Table Panelists


Herminio Perez, D.M.D., M.B.A. (He/Him/His)

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine


Dan Walker (They/Them/Theirs)

D.D.S. Candidate, Class of 2021
University of Washington School of Dentistry


Carter Bruett (He/Him/His)

D.D.S. Candidate, Class of 2022
University of Utah School of Dentistry


The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.25 continuing education credits.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.