Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Our office was created to nurture a humanistic environment honoring the values of integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, cooperation and professionalism.

The College of Dentistry strives to cultivate a humanistic environment, defined by the college, as a culture that values each individual, their beliefs and perspectives, fostering a welcoming, respectful and healthy environment for all students, employees, patients, and visitors.

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DMD Student Resources

Our resources include tutoring, counseling services, accommodations, mentorship programs and more.

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Student Leadership

Check out the student leadership for the UF College of Dentistry’s classes.

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Student Organizations

The College of Dentistry is home to many national and college-based student organizations. Be sure to check out the ample opportunities.


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Prospective Student Programs

View our events and workshops for prospective students, including the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).

SHPEP Dentistry

Our Vision

To create a student body and community of scholars that reflects the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Florida and the United States.

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With our society changing inexorably and embracing cultural diversity, no challenge exists or has greater importance in higher education and dental education than the challenge of integrating students and faculty from diverse cultural and ethnic minority groups. The presence of these students and faculty enriches the university community, offers opportunity for robust academic dialogue, contributes to better teaching and research, and ultimately leads to improved quality of patient care for our state. UF defines diversity as broad diversity, which means all aspects of individuals that contribute to a robust academic environment including experience, perspectives, disciplines, geographic background, talent, family socioeconomic background, disability, ethnicity, race, gender and other characteristics.

The university and its components benefit from the richness of relationships with a multicultural student body, faculty, and staff who can learn from one another. Such diversity empowers and inspires respect and understanding within the UF College of Dentistry family.

Excellence in Diversity | 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award Recipient

UFCD is proud to be a four-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award. In 2015 UFCD was a recipient of the HEED Award, and from 2016-18, the Health Professions HEED Award since its inception.

HEED Advocacy & Inclusion

Student Advocacy & Inclusion Contacts

Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Patricia Xirau-Probert, Ph.D.

Office: D3-12

Dr. Patty Probert

Program Assistant II for student advocacy & Inclusion

Jerell Blackburn

Office: D4-32


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