Diversity and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry deeply values diversity in people, thought and opinion.

In the school’s pursuit beyond excellence, it remains committed to maintaining an environment that values uniqueness in each person, affording dignity and respect to all regardless of race, age, gender, ethnic background, national origin, disability, religion/spiritual practice, sexual identity, culture, or other differences.

Consistent with our goal to passionately serve our people, and in the spirit of transparency, we  remain intentional and relentless in our drive to do more by communicating our challenges and affirming our progress.

At the Adams School of Dentistry, our efforts as a community and our dialogue involving diversity, equity and inclusion are rigorous, thoughtful and ongoing.

We hope you will join us in our efforts.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

At the Adams School of Dentistry we are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, and those we serve.

We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that welcomes, values, and supports the development and care of all individuals. Intellectual diversity is the foundation of our institution.

We promote inclusivity, irrespective of individual differences including, but not limited to those based on age, culture, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, political affiliation, race, regional and national origin, religion, and socioeconomic background.

We continually strive to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all.


The Adams School of Dentistry is proud to partner with several programs, including but not limited to:

  • Medical Education Development (MED) Program
    Established in 1974 and designed to increase opportunities in the health professions for individuals who demonstrate educational promise and commitment but who have lacked opportunities in the past in moving toward their professional goals.The MED Program is sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine, Adams School of Dentistry, and the State of North Carolina. The program offers a structured summer curriculum at the level of professional education to increase the ability of advanced pre-professional candidates, especially those who are underrepresented, to compete successfully for admission to health professional schools.
  • Project Uplift/Uplift PLUS
    Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education.For the last 50 years, nearly 1,000 high school seniors live on Carolina’s campus for two days, interacting with faculty, staff, and current students, and participating in educational, cultural, and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.
  • Student National Dental Association (SNDA)
    The SNDA chapter at the Adams School of Dentistry, as well as the national chapter, is actively involved in reaching out to high school and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing dentistry. Their hallmark initiative, the Impressions Program, allows students to sit for mock interviews, meet current dental students, practice making alginate impressions, and hear presentations from the Office of Admissions, MED, KAPLAN, and more.
  • Science Enrichment Preparation (S.E.P.) Program
    The S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into medical or dental school.Scholars engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction, visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals, and shadow working professionals in their field of interest.


Lactation room: First Dental Building, Third Floor, Room 3060
Meditation room: Koury Building, Fourth Floor, Room 4401

Single-Occupancy Restrooms
Building  Floor Room No. Use
Brauer Hall Second 261 Public/Unisex/Handicap
Tarrson Hall First 1025 Radiology clinic/Employee only/Unisex/Handicap
Tarrson Hall First 1066 Oral surgery/Surgical suite/Unisex/Handicap
Tarrson Hall Basement B013 Central sterilization/Employee only/ Unisex
Tarrson Hall Basement B028  Public/Men’s
Tarrson Hall Basement B029 Public/Women’s
Koury Oral Health Sci. Ground G609 Public/Unisex/Handicap
Koury Oral Health Sci. Ground G611 Public/Unisex/Handicap

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