Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Multicultural Affairs Committee (DEI-MAC)

ABOUT

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

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:

  • Providing directions for change and promoting progress based on current and previous findings of the Multicultural Initiatives Committee
  • Acting as an advisory committee to the Dean of School and providing yearly progress reports to the Dean for dissemination
  • Supporting other groups and committees in promoting multiculturalism and diversity

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.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

mary jo gray

Mary Jo Gray

Co-Chair
larry salzmann

Larry Salzmann, DDS

Co-Chair
Angelie Baker

Angelie Baker

Co-Chair
Randon Campbell

Randon Campbell

Co-Chair
Sarah Radden

Sarah Radden

Co-Chair

MEMBERS

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  

EVENTS

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Taste Fest

Each year MAC hosts a Taste Fest. This event highlights food from the many diverse cultures representated at the School of Dentistry.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MAC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with a speaker, presentation of the Ida Gray Diversity Awards and a reception.

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Women's Tea

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 AWARDS

ABOUT IDA GRAY

Ida Gray, Class of 1890, was:

  • First black woman to graduate from the U-M School of Dentistry
  • First black woman to earn DDS degree
  • First black woman to practice dentistry in Chicago

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.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

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:

  • Commitment to diversity
  • Shows creativity in creating a climate of care, acceptance and welcome
  • Offers their talents to continuing a climate of welcome and change
  • Willingness to serve as mentor or role model in the issues of diversity
  • Assists in the education of diversity through speaking, writing and living by example
  • Works to create new dialogue among persons of diverse cultural backgrounds

SUBMITTING A NOMINATION

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:

MULTICULTURAL MIRROR