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

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

Director: Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers; Collaborators: Shielda Rodgers (School of Nursing), and Kauline Cipriani (School of Public Health)

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?

Monday, August 26, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Kirkland

Keynote Lecture and DOCS Kickoff - "Health Care Providers Must Show Up for Justice"

Tim Tyson PhD - Award- winning Author, Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Professor at Duke University.

Segment I: Gaining Perspective

Monday, October 8, 2019, 1:05PM - 1:25PM

"Let's Talk about Race" The Culture, Significance and Intersectionality of Identity"

Jennifer Ho, PhD - Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Arts - University of Colorado Boulder

Monday, October 28, 2019, 1:05PM - 1:25PM

"Discomforting: Rethinking Bias and Equity in the Workplace"

Sharbari Dey, MSW -Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager at Ipas in Chapel Hill, NC.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:05PM - 1:25PM

"Microaggressions and Macroaggressions During the Clinical Encounter"

Dinushika Mohottige, MD, MPH, PGY-7 Nephrology Fellow Duke University Medical Center

Segment II: Politics, Laws, and History

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:05PM - 1:25PM

"I am a Racist, I am an Anti-Racist"

Evan Ashkin, MD - Professor of Family Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, Co-WINNER of the 2019 UNC-CH Diversity Award

Monday December 9, 2019, 1:05PM - 1:25PM

"Social Media, or Anti-Social Media - an Exploration of Civility, Culture and Trust"

Deb Aikat, M.A., PhD. - Associate Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Co-WINNER of the 2019 UNC-CH Diversity Award

Monday January 27, 2020

"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: Bias, Implicit or Explicit?

Thursday February 13, 2020

"The Enemy Within: Biases Against Learning and How We can Overcome Them"

Bradley R. Staats, MBA, DBA - Associate Dean of MBA Programs, Faculty Director, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-CH

Friday February 28, 2020

Join DOCSpeaks and SNDA to Celebrate Black History Month at Special MLK Exhibit, Museum of Durham History, Durham, NC

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

Monday, March 2, 2020

"Stop The Oppression: Understanding Intersectional Gender Identities"

Gloria Thomas, MA, PhD - Director, Carolina Women's Center, UNC-CH

Thursday, March 26, 2020

"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

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 UNC-CH Health Affairs students and faculty - on a first-come-first serve basis. In the event that the demand for participation is high, selection will be proportional to the participating schools so that participants span all levels of learning and engagement. Please fill out the application (DOCSpeaks Cohort Application) for consideration to participate in this teaching-learning experience..

How often will we meet?

The program will meet 2- 3 times a month starting in October through March. Participants will ultimately have input on the selected biweekly meeting day.

What time of day will the sessions be held?

There will be about 10-12 sessions and each will start at 1:05 PM and end by 1:55 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.

Is there course credit for participation?

Currently the option of "elective credit" is being explored. But participants in the DOCS Program will fulfill their Adams School of Dentistry Diversity Training/Activity requirement, receive a monogrammed keepsake, and a Certificate of Completion. Participation and successful completion requires an 50% attendance of the sessions. This requirement is to maintain the collaborative interactions and Professional Learning Community effectiveness.


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