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Professor Marita Inglehart to give Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship lecture on March 313 min read

March 21, 2022

Professor Marita Inglehart to give Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship lecture on March 313 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 21, 2022 – School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Marita Inglehart will present a virtual lecture on March 31 to commemorate her appointment as a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship.

Based on research she has conducted over the last 25 years, Inglehart will discuss, “Dental care providers and patients from LGBTQ+ backgrounds: Dental education and research observations from 1994 to 2022.”

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Dr. Marita Inglehart

The lecture, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at U-M. It oversees the professorship program, which was established to honor senior faculty who have throughout their careers demonstrated a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, service and engagement. Inglehart was one of nine U-M faculty members who were named by the center as the inaugural recipients of University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships in September 2019.

Inglehart’s lecture will discuss findings from surveys of first-year dental students between 1997 and 2022 regarding their knowledge and perceptions of treatment of patients from LGBTQ+ backgrounds. National surveys with dental students and dental school administrators showed a lack of education about treating patients from LGBTQ+ backgrounds. Inglehart will also discussion data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that identified risk factors for poor oral health and lack of health care utilization of members of the adult LGBTQ+ community. National surveys with general dentists and pediatric dentists completed the picture concerning attitudes and professional behavior related to pediatric and adult patients from LGBTQ+ backgrounds

Inglehart is a professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and an adjunct professor in the U-M Department of Psychology. As the only dental school faculty member in behavioral sciences, she studies the role of diversity and social justice in dental education and in oral health care settings. Her research has focused on how to educate future and current dental care providers to become culturally literate, and on documenting how poor oral health of patients from underserved backgrounds affects their quality of life.

The lecture on Thursday, March 31, begins at 3:30 p.m. More information and the link to the Zoom presentation can be found here on the website of the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

The 2019 announcement of Inglehart’s selection as a University Diversity & Social Transformation Professorship can be found in the School of Dentistry news archives here.


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