The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Multicultural Affairs Committee (DEI-MAC) is comprised of students, faculty and staff from the School of Dentistry with the purpose of promoting diversity and planning activities that celebrate different cultures.
The mission of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry DEI-MAC is to create an atmosphere where students, staff, faculty and patients can inter-act and benefit in a supportive environment by promoting justice and by exploring and celebrating differences and similarities.
The DEI-MAC will contribute to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s process for achieving excellence through diversity by:
The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Dental student members are appointed for a three year term and dental hygiene students a two year term, with the new member being accepted once per year, usually in the Fall.
|Staff||Students||Faculty||Office of DEI-MAC Staff|
|Dinella Crosby, Office of DEI||Ola Abdulwahab, D2||Sun-Yung Bak, BMSP||Blake Bufford, DEI-MAC Assistant, Grad Pros.|
|Lisa Dodge, POM||Zahraa Ahmad, D2||Rogerio Castilho, POM|
|Usha Dronamraju Kompella, Dental Informatics||Reid Donakey, D2||Todd Ester, CRSE|
|Nielshkumar Dubey, Research Fellow||Pauline Flamion, D3||Sabrina Garcia Hammaker, BMSP|
|Pamela Harnick, Academic Affairs||Diego Garcia, D2||Elliott Hill, BMSP|
|Najeebah Landen, Academic Affairs||Jade Gilbert, D4||Marita Inglehart, POM|
|Bliss Ledford, CRSE||Raysham Hayat, D4||Kenneth May, BMSP|
|Kristi Ocenasek, OPD||Jennifer Hsu, D4||Martha McComas, POM|
|Melanie Panyard LaPointe, OPD||Marsha-Kay Hutchinson, DDS/PhD||Romesh Nalliah, Patient Services|
|Cheryl Quiney, Patient Services||Carla Jones, D4||Elizabeth Pitts, CRSE|
|Keisha Reid, Patient Services||Anna Kelman, D3||Helena Ritchie, CRSE|
|Gloria Sdao, OMSHD||Michael Korleski, D2||Berna Saglik, BMSP|
|Katherine Shin, Academic Affairs||Andriana Maldonado, DH4||Daler Tarrazzi, BMSP|
|Willy Wangsa, Dental Informatics||Courtney Miers, D2||Megan Weivoda, POM|
|Katrice Yarrington, Dean's Office||Rachel Mundus, DH3|
|Ayesha Niazi, D2|
|Madison Rabbitt, D2|
|Asra Sabir, Grad Pros|
|Malika Sachdev, D2|
|Maysa Sawabini, DH4|
|Rachel Teitelbaum, D2|
|Jessica Thomas, D4|
|Kayla Tillman, Grad. Peds.|
|Lisa Walker, DH4|
DEI-MAC CE Course, 1/10/2022
Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Gerstner, DDS, MS, PhD, D.ABDSM Associate Professor of Dentistry; Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics
DEI-MAC CE Course, 12/07/2021
Speaker: Karen Burnett LMSW, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
DEI-MAC CE Course, 9/27/2021
Speaker: Dr. Steven Geiermann, Senior Manager; Access, Community Oral Health Infrastructure and Capacity & Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention; American Dental Association
DEI-MAC recognizes the month of June as LGBTQI+ PRIDE Month. Visit our Pride Page for more info on events and resources for Pride month and beyond.
Each year MAC hosts a Taste Fest. This event highlights food from the many diverse cultures representated at the School of Dentistry.
MAC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with a speaker, presentation of the Ida Gray Diversity Awards and a reception.
In celebration of Women's Awareness Month, the MAC celebrates the past, present, and future achievements of the women of the School of Dentistry.
Ida Gray, Class of 1890, was:
These few facts about the life of Ida Gray are from university records. In response to a request for information from University’s Alumni records Office in 1910, Dr. Gray wrote that she was born on March 4, 1867, in Clarksville, Tennessee. In 1920, however, she wrote that she was born on March 4, 1870, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
There are indications Ms. Gray became interested in dentistry in Cincinnati when she came under the influence of Dr. Jonathan Taft, the founding dean of our School. Dr. Taft was an early advocate of women dentists. He was the only dentist in Cincinnati who was willing to accept a determined young woman as an apprentice in his office in 1859--that was Lucy Hobbs, who was to become the first woman dentist.
Ida Gray made it known in her later years that she had worked in the Cincinnati office of Dr. Taft before she entered our school in October 1887. Her student record notes Dr. Taft was her preceptor. At the time of Ida’s 1890 graduation, 22 women had matriculated in our dental school.
At the time Ida entered the Dental College (1887), the curriculum was in transition from a two-year to a three-year program. She returned to Cincinnati following graduation and practiced there until 1895 when she married James S. Nelson and moved to Chicago. They resided on State Street, and Ida became Chicago’s first black woman dentist. For the 1900 U-M Alumni Catalogue, she wrote her husband’s full name as, “Captain James S. Nelson, attorney.”
By 1903, their address was 3652 Wabash Avenue, another famous Chicago street, and it remained her home until her death. An updated clipping from her stationary contains her professional name, Ida Gray Nelson, D.D.S.
In 1929, Ida married William Rollins, and used the name of Dr. Ida N. Rollins for rest of her life. Ida died on May 3, 1953. Her obituary in the Chicago Tribune noted that Dr. Ida Nelson Rollins, 87, had retired in 1928 and that Mr. Nelson died in 1938. There was no indication that Ida had children.
Nominees must be a faculty member (current or alumni), staff member or student with present or past affiliation with the School of Dentistry. They should possess two or more of the following criteria:
Nominations for Ida Gray awards can be made at any time by sending a document that includes the nominee's name and the school role (faculty, staff, student [class year]) and explanation why this person should receive an Ida Gray award based on the award criteria (above). The document should be sent to to the following DEI-MAC co-chairs: