The School of Dentistry shares the University’s overall mission to generate, disseminate and preserve knowledge and to serve the region. The School is an integral part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center, and is an orofacial health care center of excellence serving the people of the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
The School’s clinical goal is to prepare students to be well-trained orofacial health care professionals. The School’s research programs contribute to understanding biological, behavioral, social, biomedical, and clinical aspects of dental / orofacial health.
Through service, the School strives to improve the public’s health through outreach programs with attention to minority and underserved communities. The School values diversity in its students, staff, faculty and patients. It seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect with objectivity, imaginative inquiry through lifelong learning and the free exchange of ideas.
On Husky Giving Day, we are highlighting three crucial areas of our program:
Campaign for Clinics - Imagine Our Future
Dean Gary Chiodo has launched the Campaign for Clinics – Imagine Our Future campaign to improve the School of Dentistry infrastructure in equipment and technology. This campaign addresses crucial needs to modernize the School in order to continue attracting the best students, recruit and retain the stellar faculty and researchers who make our high rankings possible and to ensure our future excellence. The School has a significant need for new chairs, cabinetry and partitions to create the proper environment for the education of our students and the proper care of our patients; and digital dentistry and state-of-the-art technology is essential to prepare our students to practice in today’s dental clinics.
Building a Diverse Student Population
In order to accomplish the vision of educating a global oral health workforce, developing community collaborations and bringing advances in science that address the pressing oral health needs of Washington state, the nation and the world; it is critical that the School of Dentistry's faculty, staff and students be prepared to meet the needs of the multicultural community they serve. As such, the School must assure that the core values of diversity and inclusion are intentionally woven throughout the fabric of how it supports its faculty, staff, students and patients. To help accomplish this, the Richard P. Ferguson Endowed Scholarship supports students in the School of Dentistry, with preference given to students who are from underrepresented groups in the field of Dentistry.
Supporting Outstanding Faculty
Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty is critical to maintaining the stellar reputation and excellence in education, clinical care and research that the School enjoys. The Dental Alumni Faculty Award Endowment provides support for faculty in the School of Dentistry through financial awards. The intent of this endowment is to award faculty members (especially junior faculty) who show outstanding promise, leadership, excellence and/or dedication to their field.