About Dr. Holloway

Dr, Holloway, currently Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, is a passionate advocate for social justice in educational experiences. As founding director of Increasing Diversity In Dentistry, (IDID), she aspires to assist in the foundational journey of entering the dental profession, which is often uneven due to factors such as wealth, gender, and race.

As a graduate of Spelman College, her sense of responsibility to the global community was profoundly shaped, building 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, and only 20 female students, 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 assist unevenly prepared students in becoming better prepared applicants which will increase the number of under-represented students enrolled in dental schools.

Dr. Holloway provides mentoring, nurturing and support for IDID scholars, dental students and new dentists. Programming activities support the scholars in becoming successful candidates for dental school admission, and stronger, more self aware dental students. IDID scholars are asked to commit to practice dentistry in an underserved area for a two-year minimum period upon completion of dental school.

Dr. Holloway has been a member of the community of Tufts University since 2016. Initially as director of admissions, recruitment and outreach, her new role as the chief diversity officer for the school of dental medicine, includes interacting with the entire community. As a practicing dentist in Indianapolis for 30 years, Dr. Holloway served on several boards for organizations, most recently, American Pianists Association. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Towns, opened Sonrisa, a periodental spa, in 2003, the first of its kind in central Indiana.