Student Organizations
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American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

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Our goal is to build an interconnected community, enhance dental education, and strive for scientific and public policy improvements in healthcare. We aim to facilitate greater interaction among students with instructors and to introduce and encourage students to seek a career in dental education. Our chapter is unique in that we have a peer mentoring program, through which upperclassmen guide the students in the classes below with navigating the challenges of the UIC dental curriculum.

 

Dental Charity Ball Foundation 

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In 1996, the Dental Charity Ball began with a small group of dedicated volunteers. Over the years our numbers have grown and the annual Charity Ball has now become the definitive Chicago-area charitable dental event of the year. This celebration and charitable fundraiser helps support the dental needs of the under-served. It is run entirely by student volunteers. For the first time, University of Illinois at Chicago and Midwestern (Downer’s Grove campus) dental schools are joining forces to plan the event and raise funds for charitable causes. The proceeds from the ball support the Dental Charity Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization that promotes oral health education and charitable dental care with a focus on pediatric and student-led causes.

Despite our technological and medicinal advances, dental disease still remains rampant among the certain vulnerable populations. Chief among these populations are children, who if not properly instructed and supervised will often fall into the trap of life-long dental disease. Too often we find barriers to dental care and oral health education. 

There is a desire to provide these much needed services but due to a lack of funds the volunteer efforts are either curtailed or never realized. The Dental Charity Foundation aims to help reduce these barriers by providing funding to organizations that provide oral health education and charitable dental care. Funds are raised through a silent auction, corporate and private donations. This funding translates into the ability to do more good for children and adults in underserved communities. We are grateful to all of our donors from previous years and look forward to continuing this philanthropic tradition for years to come.

Association of Muslim Dental Students (AMDS)

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The Association of Muslim Dental Students is an organization serving Muslim dental students and anyone interested in learning about the Islamic faith and culture within the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We engage in religious, social and community activities with efforts of promoting the field of Dentistry, supporting educational and intellectual pursuits of dentistry and continue to promote the goals of Muslim students in the College of Dentistry, and thus serve our faiths as best we can. Our efforts coincide with that of the College of Dentistry, in facilitating a better environment for Muslim dental students on campus, educating both Muslims and people of other faith about the religion of Islam, allowing the building of bridges and understanding in our diverse community through dental services and activism.

 

American Association of Women Dentist (AAWD)

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As a organization who is closely affiliated with both the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry and the female community of organized dentistry  at large, the national chapter of AAWD, we aim to allow female students to become more involved in an organization related to dentistry.  Overall, students are able to interact with dentists and learn more about the field through social and service events.

 

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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The UIC Student chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) aims to promote programs and services to the underserved people of Chicago and to provide educational programs about public health topics in dentistry to the UIC community. AAPHD also coordinates the provision of free dental services at Goldie's Place to people experiencing homelessness by organizing dental students to provide care under the supervision of UIC College of Dentistry faculty.

 

 

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

large_UIC ASDA Logo.pngMore than 45 years ago, dental students first came together to organize what is now known as the American Student Dental Association. Today ASDA connects students on local and national levels and gives them the training they need to be better leaders and professionals. ASDA has more than 23,000 student members, located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 

 

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

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The Christian Medical and Dental Association exists to glorify God by motivating, educating and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students. Our mission is to invite Christ's presence on campus in and through healthcare; provide an avenue for dental students to reconnect with God and their Christian faith in the midst of the business of dental school; and foster relationships that build community and encourage both spiritual and professional growth. Throughout the year, CMDA offers students opportunities to serve the community as well as build relationships with students and faculty at the College of Dentistry through various community service events, social events, and weekly meetings. Our chapter at the UIC College of Dentistry holds weekly meetings during the lunch hour for Bible studies, food, and fellowship with one another. Everyone is invited and welcome! 

 

Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)

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The Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC-COD) aims to create a unified voice for dental students and faculty and seeks to promote and advance the oral health issues of the Hispanic community in Illinois. 

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Periodontal Club at UIC COD 

Perio Club UIC COD is a new student organization that provides programs and education on topics and procedures within the surgical specialty of periodontics.

Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry - UIC Chapter

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.

Pan Asian Student Dental Association

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To unite Asian-American dental students in order to educate and provide care to underserved and/or immigrant populations throughout the Chicagoland area; as well as create a platform to engage in interprofessional care with other health disciplines.

College of Dentistry Pride Alliance (CODPA)

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To provide COD students, staff workers, and faculty members with a safe space that affirms all gender expressions, identities, and sexualities. Additionally, the UIC COD PA intends to serve the LGBTQA Chicagoland community through oral health-oriented volunteerism.

 

Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

large_SNDA Logo.pngThe Student National Dental Association is an organization that is all about inclusiveness. We accept members of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. Our goal is to improve oral healthcare within our communities and abroad. Our dedication is to the advancement of students within the field of dentistry. SNDA has and continues to provide oral health education through various outreach efforts and increase the access to care within communities, with emphasis on minorities and the underserved. The SNDA has had a long-standing goal for over 40 years to promote, aid, and support the academic and social environment of minority students. We are always excited to have more members dedicated to community advancement! 

 

Head and Neck Cancer Organization 

The Head and Neck Cancer Organization aims to better educate students and members of the community on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer through various educational and community service opportunities

 

Build your skill set and gain a leg up on the competition when pursuing other ventures after dental school. Be apart of something larger and more impactful, represent your peers, and become a leader.

For your organization to be officially recognized by UIC and the College of Dentistry, you must register your organization with Campus Programs. The organization then has one month to submit an Organization Registration Form (available in Room 104) and its constitution and bylaws to Millie Mendez. 

Contacts

For more information on student organizations or other student resources please contact:

Millie Mendez
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104A
(312) 413-1209

Angelica Alvarez
Assistant Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104
(312) 355-5259

For specific student organization contact information:

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

American Association of Women Dentist

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

American Student Dental Association

Association of Muslim Dental Students (AMDS)

Christian Medical & Dental Association

College of Dentistry Pride Alliance (CODPA)

Dental Charity Ball Foundation 

Head and Neck Cancer Organization 

Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)

Pan Asian Student Dental Association

Periodontal Club 

 

Student National Dental Association

Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry