Diversity in the Academy - The Challenge of Sustainability

The ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development (ADEA/ WKKF MDFD) Program was supported in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2004-2010). ADEA/MDFD was designed to promote health systems change through networks of educational and community partnerships focusing on leadership development within the faculty of U.S. dental schools while providing care to needy communities. The grant funds were used primarily to support direct educational costs for underrepresented minority and low-income dentists that were being recruited to faculty positions to help promote health systems changes. The American Dental Education Association had the responsibility for: distribution of the ADEA/MDFD funding to the grantee schools, oversight, assessment, reporting progress and outcomes of the grant. ADEA and the grantee institutions supplemented WKKF grant funds through other grants and resources allocated for outreach, diversity and related programming.


Jeanne C Sinkford

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