West Virginia University School of Dentistry students, faculty, staff and residents represent countries and cultures from Asia to South America and numerous regions in between. During WVU’s annual Diversity Week, they gave colleagues and the Health Sciences community a taste, literally in some cases, of Latin America, the Middle East and East Asia.
Diversity Week endeavors to promote celebration, education and understanding of different identities, and experiences present on our campuses.
Dr. Juan Bugueno leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at WVU’s dental school. In two years, he and the group more than doubled the number of events celebrating the uniqueness of our Mountaineers.
“I really appreciate all the efforts, enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to make the events possible and with such outstanding results,” Bugueno said. “I believe we have experienced what diversity, equity and inclusion mean – sharing our similarities, celebrating our differences, giving equal opportunities to express oneself and allowing each other the space to grow in our distinctions.”
Dance, music and food were the paths to explore different cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and celebrate the presence of, and contributions made by, people of all identities and experiences.