As we navigate the interconnected crises of COVID-19, racial injustice and an uncertain economy, we are being called upon to provide leadership for ..
the future of our dental schools and the dental professions. The necessary shift from an in-person event to a virtual conference provides the ADEA Council of Deans with the opportunity to rethink our 2020 meeting from a point-in-time moment to an extended conversation about the future of dental education. The ADEA Deansâ€™ Collaborative is a new way of working together to learn from and support each other, to challenge our assumptions and think strategically about the future of our profession, and to make the most of the disruptions that have forced us to work differently. The Collaborative has already launched; we just had not named it yet. Our ADEA Deansâ€™ Town Halls, robust discussions on ADEA Connect, peer-to-peer interactions, sharing of best practices and new learnings are all examples of this new way of working. The 2020 ADEA Deansâ€™ Conference is a milestone event in the work of the ADEA Deansâ€™ Collaborative. The theme of this yearâ€™s conference is likely the theme of your life right nowâ€"Disruption: Implications for Oral Health Education.