Diversity and Inclusion

Purpose of the Committee

ice cream eventThe University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry holds diversity as a core value and strives to create a climate that is appreciating, respecting, and celebrating of those differences among students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of the Unity Committee is to bring together all members of the College of Dentistry who are committed to embracing diversity and promoting and attending diversity and inclusivity initiatives. 
The Unity Committee seeks to: 
  • Recognize the various facets of a diverse society, including race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic level, mental and physical differences, age, and sexual orientation.
  • Cultivate a culture that is inclusive, supportive, and respectful of all individuals both inside and beyond the walls of the college
  • Organize diverse programming, awareness and inclusion for the UKCD community.
The Unity Committee meets monthly to discuss and plan ongoing and upcoming initiatives and events, and member of the committee continue to focus on enhancing the environment for diversity and inclusion across the University.

University Objective

ice cream eventEnhance the diversity and inclusivity of our University community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and by implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all to help ensure their success in an interconnected world.

We will achieve this objective by working collaboratively to create an environment where all of our students, faculty, and staff live or work in an environment of openness and acceptance, and in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

We are committed to providing an enriching UK experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively exploring and adopting new initiatives that will expand both the diversity and inclusivity of our campus community.

Unity Committee

Faculty Members: Dr. Rowida Abdalla and Dr. Gitanjali Pinto-Sinai

Staff Members: Don Brown, Rebekah Huff, Debbie Mattox, Missy Shelton & Janice Guerin-Leslie

Student Officers: Kenda Albaree, Cody Brewer, Aneesha Laungani, Ude Iheduru, Samuel Miller, My’Chelle McCreary & Mitul Ahmed

UKCD Incident Reporting



The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry Diversity and Inclusion Officer works collaboratively with the Provost, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and the leadership of their college to achieve the vision and strategic objectives of Diversity and Inclusivity within their respective college and the greater University of Kentucky community. Feel free to contact our officers with any questions you may have: 
Dr. Rowida Abdalla
Restorative Dentistry
D632-B Dental Science Building
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
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