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Moving Forward Committee

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The UTHSC College of Dentistry embraces the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in dental education. To provide the highest-quality care to all patients, health care professionals must be educated in environments that recognize the benefits of our differences.

The Moving Forward Committee was created in 2018 to help the College of Dentistry achieve this goal. The committee is designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the College of Dentistry. The committee recognizes that this begins with providing exposure to the dental profession, as well as resources and guidance, for socioeconomically and educationally disadvantaged students, who have yet to see a path to a career in dentistry. Our mission is to enable promising students to find their way to a future in dentistry or another health profession, and in doing so, improve health care for all.

Moving Forward Committee initiatives include:

  • Working with UTHSC’s Pre-Health Scholars to develop relationships with undergraduate students interested in dentistry
  • Launching a mentoring program for prospective students by working with pre-health advisers at undergraduate institutions
  • Funding on-campus experiences with dental students for competitive applicants
  • Creating student-led outreach opportunities to introduce young people to the dental profession
  • Establishing a more equitable and inclusive community for everyone at the UTHSC College of Dentistry.

The Moving Forward Committee welcomes and is grateful for the generous support of our College of Dentistry alumni.

Opportunities to show your support include:

  • Mentoring undergraduate students
  • Becoming a committee member
  • Donating to our programs

Email for more information. 

Getting Into Dental School 101

It’s never too early to begin preparing yourself! Join the UTHSC College of Dentistry for a ZOOM meeting with our Admissions Team, Admissions Committee Members, Faculty, Current Students, and Alumni to find out what makes a great dental school candidate.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Topics include:

  • Completing the necessary courses to prepare for dental school
  • Timeline for taking the DAT and tips for getting the best results
  • COVID Pandemic changes to requirements
  • Shadowing and community outreach during the pandemic
  • Letters of reference that carry the most weight with admissions committees
  • Timeline to apply to dental school
  • And much more!

Zoom meetings are limited to 20 attendees per session, so register today!  Please register for your session using the online registration form. You will receive a Zoom invitation after completion of this form. Please email if you have questions.  

Committee Advisers

Syreeta McTavous headshot

Syreeta McTavous, DDS
Chair of the Moving Forward Committee

Dayna Myers headshot

Dayna Myers, RDH, BBA, MDH
Director of Admissions, Administration, and Advising

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Tony Burns, MBA
Director of Development, College of Dentistry

Last Published: Aug 30, 2021