Dr. Jeanette Holloway
Growing up in a large family where a college education was considered an expectation rather than an option, it was easy to learn the importance of attending an institution of higher learning. Many of Dr. Jeanette Holloway’s childhood activities were on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. An early interest in science undoubtedly continued at Spelman College, the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) she attended between 1972 and 1976 majoring in Biology.
The Spelman experience profoundly shaped her sense of responsibility to the global community, building her confidence and developing her spirit
for leadership. Spelman’s excellent academic support system prepared her for success as she entered Indiana University School of Dentistry in
1976, where almost no one looked like her. In her class of 120 entering dental students, only three were African-American, and she would be the only African-American to graduate with her class in 1980.
The primary goal of Increasing Diversity in Dentistry (IDID) Pipeline Program, is to increase the number of under-represented minority students enrolled in dental schools. She travels to college campuses to mentor, nurture, and create programming for IDID scholars. These activities support the scholars in becoming successful candidates for dental school admission. As part of the program, her IDID scholars have committed to practice dentistry in an underserved area for a two-year period upon completion of dental school.
As a dentist in the Indianapolis community for over 34 years, Dr. Holloway has served several community organizations. Dr. Holloway and her husband, Dr. Stephen Towns, opened Sonrisa, a periodental spa, the first of its kind in central Indiana. Both doctors were educated in Historically Black Colleges and believe very strongly in the impact that HBCU’s have on the retention and matriculation of African American students and propelling these students into community leadership roles.