Dental and Oral health Community Scholars DOC Scholars Program at UNC-CH, Adams School of Dentistry, funded by UNC-CH Carolina Seminars

JOIN the DOC Scholars Community for CONVERSATIONS on CULTURE and CIVILITY!

Creator and Director: Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers DDS, PhD (UNC Adams School of Dentistry Collaborators: Shielda Rodgers PhD, RN (UNC School of Nursing), Jocelyn Glazier PhD (UNC School of Education), and Chris Faison MA (NC State University)

Why should I join DOCS?

The Dental and Oral Health Community Scholars (DOCS) Program began with a focus on enrichment of UNC-CH dental students (including DDS, advanced education and hygiene) and faculty, to explore and investigate the meaning of cultural competence and humility in the delivery of oral health care. Today we welcome ALL Health Professions Partners.

DOCSpeaks - we listen!

This Professional Learning Community (PLC) features content experts from across the university, state and country to invigorate the way we learn and communicate about sensitive cultural topics. Our long-term goal is to re-imagine a culture of learning and professional practice that recognizes and serves the needs of a culturally diverse community both inside and outside the walls of the UNC-CH Health Affairs Schools.

What will we do, and how?

DOCS will feature an interactive format that utilizes the World Café method where participants learn from a whole group interaction method focused on conversations. A Café Conversation is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. Lunch is provided at each session for enrolled participants and session leaders. The series of sessions is summarized in the diagram and detailed list below.

Who are the featured speakers?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kirkland

Keynote Lecture and DOCS Kickoff - "Understanding and Re-imagining Our Commemorative Landscape"

William Sturkey PhD - Award- winning Author, Associate Professor at UNC-CH, Department of History.

Segment I: Gaining Perspective

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:05PM - 12:30PM

"A New Power is Rising"

Chris Faison, MA - PhD Candidate, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, North Carolina State University

Friday, October 2, 2020, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

"Special session in collaboration with Faculty Development Friday"

"Improving the Culture for Black People by Understanding Fit Unconscious Bias and Inequity Regimes"

Tierney J. Bates, EdD, MBA - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Projects & Interim Executive Director, University Career Services at UNC-CH.

Monday, October 12, 2020, 12:05PM - 12:30PM

"A Mouthful of Pain: Black Bodies, Medical Indignities, and the Culture of Mistrust"

Eric Williams, M.A, MDiv, PhD, Curator of Religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Segment II: Politics, Laws, and History

Monday, October 26, 2020, 12:05PM - 1:30PM

"Leveling Up: Understanding the New Civil Discourse in American Politics"

Andrew J. Perrin, PhD - Director, Institute for The Arts and Humanities, Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, UNC-CH

"My Perception. your Reality. The Impact of Hegemonic Power on Public Policy."

Louie Rivers, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University;

Segment III: TBD

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, UNC Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina

Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers, DDS, PhD - Associate Professor and Assistant Dean - Continuing the Discussion in a DOCS Cafe: Forging the Path for the Future of our Profession, Communities and Lives


How can I participate?

This opportunity is open to all faculty students and staff in the UNC-CH campus. Health Affairs students and faculty may also join the cohort for additional collaborative opportunites. In the event that the demand for participation is high, cohort selection will be proportional to the participating schools so that participants span all levels of learning and engagement.

How often will we meet?

The program will meet 2- 3 times a month starting in September through March.

What time of day will the sessions be held?

There will be about 10-12 sessions and each will start at 12:05 PM and end by 12:55 PM. The format will include a short presentation and the "World Cafe" collaborative discussion style (see above). Food will be served for each session for those who are a part of the learning community. ALL others may attend any of the lectures. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food service will be suspended until further notice.

Is there course credit for participation?

Currently the DOCS Program will fulfill the Adams School of Dentistry Diversity Training/ Competency requirement for all DDS and DH students. Faculty and staff of the ASoD are encouraged to complete sessions in accordance with their Division / Unit Lead faculty / staff development participation goal. These requirements are to maintain the collaborative interactions and Professional Learning Community effectiveness while achieving an inclusive and equitable culture.


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