Spring 2015

Career Pathway

Tufts partners with Fisk University to encourage underrepresented students to pursue dentistry

125x125_Fisk mascotThe goal of a new partnership between the School of Dental Medicine and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, is to create a pipeline for highly qualified underrepresented students who are interested in a dental career.

“Fisk University, one of the nation’s finest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), admits high-achieving and academically successful African American students,” says Robert Kasberg, associate dean of admissions and student affairs at the dental school. “We hope our relationship with Fisk will result in attracting some of those top-caliber students to study dentistry at Tufts.”

The program will offer Fisk undergraduates a pathway for early acceptance to the School of Dental Medicine in their sophomore year. They’ll take a wide variety of courses in their last two years at Fisk and attend Tufts during the summer term following their junior year to take courses and acclimate themselves to the dental school.

Kasberg and Dean Emeritus Lonnie Norris, DG80, traveled to Fisk in late 2013 to participate in a career and graduate school fair and meet with university officials. Norris received his undergraduate degree from Fisk.

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