What We Value
Benevis is no stranger to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, donating to initiatives benefiting Black students, and hiring Black dentists. Our value of diversity is reflected in the 75 dentists that lead our offices across the nation. Since the beginning, Benevis has been dedicated to embracing not only the diversity of our patients, but also the diversity of our dentists.
Diversity by The Numbers
Among U.S. dentists, only 4% are Black. However, 21% of those dentists choose to work at Benevis. Leading the way of those Black dentists at Benevis are Black women who make up 71%. When Black dentists are looking for a dental practice to work for, they are 450% more likely to choose to practice with Benevis. Our Black dentists come from many dental schools across the nation, but nearly half of them graduated from Howard University or Meharry Medical College which are both HBCUs.
- 21% of Black dentists work at Benevis
- 71% of Black dentists at Benevis are women
- Nearly half of Benevis’ Black dentists graduated from an HBCU
“HBCUs are important and integral. We can’t afford to lose them. They are the ones who are pumping out our Black dentists, doctors, and professionals. Those networks and cultures are strong and important.”
–Dr. Chelesa Phillips, Pine Dentistry
Our Commitment to HBCUS
Throughout the years, Benevis has supported many initiatives directly benefiting the education of Black students. We have supported Meharry School of Dentistry and their mission trip to Jamaica where students and faculty members were able to provide dental care and education to over 1,000 patients. Benevis has also donated thousands of dollars for scholarships over the years. In particular, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s General Education Scholarship Fund.
Supporting HBCUs and Black dentists are a part of Benevis’ foundation. The diversity of our dentists mirrors the diversity of our patients. The support of HBCUs ensures the continuation of diversity within our organization.
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