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Student Organizations

Alliance for Inclusion

Who We Are

Alliance for Inclusion (AFI) is a group of dental students, dental hygiene students and faculty that share a common interest in increasing awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ community. Collectively, we aim to educate dental students, staff, faculty, and dental professionals about diversity issues in hopes of encouraging awareness, mentoring students, as well as providing perspectives in treating a diverse patient population.

The Purpose of Our Organization

To provide a safe and supportive environment for diverse dental students, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community, advocating for their rights, and providing resources to help make their dental education a positive experience. To educate the dental community in issues relating to the LGBTQ identity and foster relationships with other gay-straight alliances within the greater UofM community.

Contact

Feel free to contact Kelsie Pittel (kelsiep@umich.edu), Dr. Marita Inglehart (mri@umich.edu) or Dr. Henry Temple (henryjt@umich.edu) for more information.

Alpha Omega

Description

Alpha Omega is a worldwide dental fraternity that strives to promote the profession of dentistry and foster high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character. It was founded in 1907 by Jewish dental students to combat undemocratic policies towards minority groups in graduate schools. As a proponent of diversity, today our members include persons of many ethnicities and religions, with active chapters in six continents.

The University of Michigan's Alpha Omega (Chi Chapter) is comprised of dental students, graduate students, and faculty. Opportunities include academic help sessions, philanthropic events, mentor and externship programs, international dental aid trips, and social functions with AO alumni and students from across the country. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Contact

Contact Brad Thayer (wbthayer@umich.edu) or Philip Yoong (pyoong@umich.edu) for more information.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Description

The purpose of the University of Michigan's student chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of dentistry for infants and children among dental students here at the University of Michigan. Its ultimate objective is to foster a relationship between dental students and the pediatric community through educational presentations, screenings and dental projects.

Contact

Membership in this organization is open to all predoctoral dental students at the University of Michigan. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Claire Cho at clcho@umich.edu.

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

Description

The University of Michigan’s AAPHD student chapter strives to improve the oral and systemic health of the community by utilizing the student body’s diverse interests and skills. The chapter values interprofessional collaboration with dental hygiene students and other healthcare providers to achieve this mission.

The chapter is guided by Dr. Michael Manz DDS, MS and Dr. Bonita Neighbors, DDS. Dr. Manz has used his public health background to introduce members to current public health data and dental legislation. He has connected the chapter with Michigan’s Health & Human Services Oral Health Director, who visited the school for a lunchtime Q&A about water fluoridation and mid-level providers. Dr. Neighbors is instrumental in providing clinical volunteer experiences for AAPHD students. She was the former CDC director and she currently works at Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, which is the primary volunteer site for our members.

Last year, dental and dental hygiene students volunteered to provide free cleanings, restorations, and extractions at both the Ann Arbor Community Dental Center and Hope Clinic. These services were funded by grants, and allowed around sixty low-income patients to receive dental care. These donated care days were unique educational opportunities for students because they were able to work in an environment with minimal time pressure and a favorable student to faculty ratio.

The University of Michigan’s AAPHD chapter has developed a relationship with the Department of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes at Domino’s Farms Medical Center. This department provides biweekly diabetes education classes to an attentive and inquisitive group of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Dental and dental hygiene students collaborate to explain the relationship between diabetes and periodontitis to this group and to answer any additional oral health questions. The students benefit from this experience because they become adept at explaining this complex disease process in phrases that are easily understood by patients. This experience allows dental and dental hygiene students to learn from one another and to better appreciate the knowledge and skill set of their counterparts.

Our chapter looks for opportunities that allow underclassman to interact with upperclassmen, dental students to interact with dental hygiene, and dentistry to interact with other forms of medicine. The group provides experiences that not only benefit the patient’s health, but that allow students to grow into well-rounded and compassionate providers.

Contact

If you are interested in participating in part of this outreach-based group, become a member for the 2017-18 school year by contacting AAPHD at aaphd.umich@gmail.com.

American Association of Women Dentists

Description

Welcome to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD UMSoD). Founded in 1921, the mission of the American Association of Women Dentists is to be the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists. Our group includes pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral residents, and faculty members who engage in educational, extracurricular, and enrichment activities to develop the networks of support, mentorship, and friendship with other female dental students and professionals.

While striving to embody the University of Michigan motto of being the leaders and the best in our field of study, we also uphold the following core mission of the national AAWD: "The mission of the AAWD is to be the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists. AAWD is guided by the following core values:

We are PRISMATIC
Passion
Respect
Integrity
Service
Mentoring
Advancement
Teamwork
Inclusiveness
Collegiality

Contact

All dental students are welcome to join. Contact AAWD executive board officers.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Isenhart (lindsayi@umich.edu), Chapter President.

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

Description

The University of Michigan American Student Dental Association (UM-ASDA) is a student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy.

UM-ASDA provides an avenue for students to get involved in local and national politics, community service and outreaches, local chapter lunch and learns, CE courses, and fun social activities. The benefits from becoming a member are not limited to the local chapter, but extend nationally to include: externships, national leadership positions, regional trips to Washington D.C. for student representatives, and more!

Contact

Evan Ouderkirk at evanoud@umich.edu

Bridge of Disciplines

Who We Are

Bridge of Disciplines is a project-based organization that aims to diversify the learning process through student-led, sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives involving interdisciplinary collaborations in academic, professional, and clinical avenues.

Organization Dynamics

Bridge of Disciplines is operated under the student leadership of the Board of Directors and a body of Faculty Advisors. The only requirement in place for a member to earn a Directorship at the Board is an ownership of a project operated under BD. A project may be an execution of a Director’s own idea, an adaptation of an existing project, or an inherited establishment from a previous Director. We also host a variety of socials and professional development opportunities. Come enrich your student life and build an experience with us!

Contact

Visit http://www.bridgeofdisciplines.com

Christian Dental Association

Mission statement/history

The Christian Dental Association (CDA) is a student group that exists to motivate, educate and equip Christian dentists to glorify God in all that they do. We strive to create an atmosphere where all feel welcome to come and learn about various topics with a focus on how Christianity relates to our daily lives and our future dental careers. We seek to accomplish this through many different avenues, including weekly/monthly Bible studies, mission work, lunch and learns with outside speakers, and various social events. The CDA is a division of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Who can join?

Any dental student interested in fellowship with Christians and learning more about Christ is welcome at any of our events. To join our listserv and receive info about upcoming Bible studies and events please contact us by email!

Contact

To learn how to get involved or for more information, feel free to email LeadCDA@umich.edu or Dr. David Brzezinski at dbrzezin@umich.edu. You can also learn more at the Christian Medical and Dental Association website. Join us on Facebook at UMSOD Christian Dental Association.

Give Kids a Smile

Description

The American Dental Association began the Give Kids a Smile initiative nationwide in 2003 as a way for the dental community to provide underserved children with free dental services. Held annually every spring, our volunteer run free clinic at UMSOD has the goal of getting children out of immediate dental pain through elevation and treatment. In addition to providing immediate dental treatment, education and resources toward establishing a dental home are offered to parents and children.

Contact

Participation is open to the entire UMSOD community. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about the event, please contact any of the executive board members via the Give Kids a Smile web page.

Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)

Description

As the leading voice for Hispanic oral health we provide Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership for the elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community. The national organization, formed in 1990, is the only national organization of dental professionals dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the United States. The UMSOD chapter is small group looking to revive the HDA at U of M. We are always looking for new members that are interested in the advancement of the oral health in the Hispanic community.

Contact

Check out our facebook page for more information or contact Carlotta Fantin-Yusta (cfantin@umich.edu) for more information.

Orthodontics Club

Description

The Orthodontics Club is a student-run organization, which supports the interests of dental students seeking more knowledge and experience in orthodontics. Through the organization, members will have the opportunity to shadow orthodontists, attend lectures given by orthodontists, speak with orthodontic residents, and be active in the community.

Contact

Jason Sherbel jsherbel@umich.edu

Student Professionalism and Ethics Association

Description

The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry is a national, student driven association that was established to promote and support a student’s lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and further the dental profession.

Contact

Co-Presidents
Jenn Cleary (clearyje@umich.edu) and Kim Barrett (barrekim@umich.edu)

Student National Dental Association

Description

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970. Since it's inception, SNDA plays an integral part to increase underrepresented student populations in dental schools as well as promote the access of dental health services to underserved communities.

The University of Michigan chapter of the SNDA is rich in tradition. Our mission is to foster a community of belonging, academic success, and professional development among students of color. In addition, UM-SNDA thrives to remain active on a national level. This chapter plans to continue its commitment to the national organization by participating at the national conventions, providing leadership at the national level, and recruiting alumni to future conventions.

Contact

Visit the SNDA website

Schoolwide Student Council

Description

The Student Council is responsible for communicating among individual students, various organizations throughout the dental school community, and between students and faculty. This communication is designed to stimulate interaction between students and faculty members. Student Council members are selected by general class election. To achieve these goals the Student Council attempts to conceive, plan, and execute appropriate projects for the good of the dental school community and the profession as a whole. Some of the activities in which Student Council has participated include faculty-student mixers, a “Welcome Back” reception, Dental Health Day, and a mouth guard program.

Contact

Amanda Robertson, President - arober@umich.edu
Milad Karim, Vice President - mskarim@umich.edu
Megan Utter, Treasurer - utterm@umich.edu
Ryan Keener, Secretary - rykeener@umich.edu
Kayla Buchanczenko, DH Liaison - kbuchanc@umich.edu
Abhishek Desai, ITDP Liasion - desaiaa@umich.edu
Zainulabdeen Rabeeah, DH Representive - zrabeeah@umich.edu

Class of 2018

Alisa Lee, President
Matt Loomis, Vice President
Eric Yoskovich, Treasurer
Lindsay Isenhart, Secretary
Priyata Agrawal, ITDP Rep

Class of 2019

Milad Karim, President - Mskarim@umich.edu
Amanda Robertson, Vice President - Arober@umich.edu
Megan Utter, Treasurer - Utterm@umich.edu
Ryan Keener, Secretary - rykeener@umich.edu

Class of 2020

Rita Maizy, President - maizyr@umich.edu
Surina Das, Vice President - smdas@umich.edu
Shannon Young, Treasurer - shannyou@umich.edu
Cory Ball, Secretary - ballcor@umich.edu

To register as a student group, contact the Dean of Student Services in 1208 and visit the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA).