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University of Michigan Asian Dental Association (UMAD)


Mission statement/history:  The University of Michigan Asian Dental Association was originally founded in 2005 by dental student, Nancy Lam, and was named ADSA (Asian Dental Student Association). ADSA was changed to UMAD in 2007. 

UMAD's mission is to address and support the needs of dental students of Asian descent and to be a resource to the dental community in promoting cultural sensitivity and understanding. UMAD members value awareness, community, and outreach, and have partnered with the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) at Wayne State University for outreach to the Chinese community in Detroit. They have also participated in Rackham's Asian/Pacific Islander American Caucus's career fair, hosted a booth and educational workshop at the 5th Annual Asian Pacific American Health and Culture Fair organized by Michigan's United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA), and have organized a t-shirt sale and various social events. UMAD currently has 70 members and anyone is welcome to join.  Membership includes email updates, discounts to various local Asian restaurants, discounts on UMAD t-shirts, and eligibility to vote and run for UMAD board (enrolled dental students only).

Who can join/ how to join:  Students who pay full membership dues to the organization can be recognized as members of the association. However, the active voting membership is limited to currently registered dental students who have participated in at least 75% of all meetings and activities during a given year.

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