Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry currently enjoys a reputation as one of the most diverse dental schools in the nation.
The college is expanding its diversity-related initiatives with the Center of Excellence, made possible in 2012 with a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2013 collegiate participants in Center of Excellence's Summer Predental Enrichment Program
Core components of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry’s Center of Excellence Program include:
Pipeline Activities for Pre-dental Students - offering academic enrichment activities which help students from underserved communities enhance their competitiveness for admission to dental school.
Student Performance - graduating greater than 90% of students from all ethnic and racial groups.
Faculty Development - providing opportunities for dental students to earn a Certificate or Master of Science degree in Education for Healthcare Professionals and supporting junior faculty as they prepare for promotion and/or tenure.
Literature and Resources - increasing the Baylor Health Sciences Library Public Health & Community Medicine and Dentistry Collection, with holdings related to underserved groups and health, socioeconomic and cultural issues.
Research - involving faculty and students in summer research projects geared toward health issues of underserved or minority populations.
Student training - Providing opportunities for more students to work at off-site clinics that serve the underserved.