American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
The American Dental Education Association Council of Students, Residents and Fellows consists of students representing pre-doctoral dental programs and advanced dental education programs in North America. As members of ADEA, we are the student voice of dental education. 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.
Association of Muslim Dental Students (AMDS)
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)
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
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.
ASDA is a student-run organization that represents about 90% of the dental students across the country, and is the largest student organization here at UIC. ASDA works to protect the rights and interests of dental students while providing a way to be active in the dental community and become a leader amongst your peers. Here at UIC, you can be involved in one or all of our diverse committees including: service, legislative, pre-dental, fundraising, education, membership, and networking. When you get involved with ASDA, you have access to regional and national professional events where you have the opportunity to network with other dental students and learn about key issues facing our profession.
Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
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)
The Hispanic Student Dental Association at UIC is an organization that aims to create a unified voice for dental students and faculty, and seeks to promote and advocate the oral health issues of the Hispanic community in Illinois. We do this by following the four principles of our mission SEAL: Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership. HSDA at UIC volunteers at a wide variety of events and locations, from free health clinics to church and school health fairs. We provide education in the forms of oral hygiene instruction at various volunteer events, and Spanish class education for our fellow classmates within our own college. We advocate for the advancement of oral health within Latino communities by engaging in activities and dialogues with our parent chapter, the Hispanic Dental Association, and we attend annual conferences as leaders representing our chapter’s efforts. We also love to enrich our experience at UIC with cultural food sales and social events.
Indian Student Dental Association (ISDA)
The goal of the Indian Student Dental Association (ISDA) is to express and share the Indian culture with the college community in hopes of building a connection between all students and cultures. Ultimately, this will serve to unite the Indian community at the UIC College of Dentistry and provide unique education, philanthropic, and mentorship opportunities to all members. We welcome all pre-dental and dental students of all ethnicities to join and reap the benefits of a fun, exciting, and culturally diverse organization!
MEDSA was created to celebrate the Middle Eastern culture at UIC, promote community outreach and education, and encourage networking between our members and faculty. Join MEDSA and enjoy our lunch and learns, hangouts with the faculty, and exclusive volunteering opportunities. MEDSA is supported by collaborative efforts and by networking with community and academic partners to promote oral health literacy and reduce health disparities in the Chicago region and beyond. Our hope is to create programs and events to help the growing number of Middle Eastern refugees gain access to dental care. MEDSA is about fun as well, our members and leadership board organize soccer games and everyone is invited to join! MEDSA is proud to have Dr. Nuha Nakib as the supervising faculty. Please visit our website to learn more about our events and activities, and feel free to emails us with any questions and suggestions.
Pan Asian Student Dental Association
To educate and provide care to underserved and/or immigrant populations throughout the Chicagoland area; as well as create a platform to engage in inter-professional care with other health disciplines.
College of Dentistry Pride Alliance (CODPA)
The purpose of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Pride Alliance (UIC COD PA) is to provide COD students, staff workers, and faculty members with a safe space that affirms all gender expressions, identities, and sexualities. Additionally, the UIC CODPA intends to serve the Lesbian Gay Trans Queer/Questioning Ally (LGBTQA) Chicagoland community through oral health-oriented volunteerism.
What is the SNDA? Well, if the SNDA was a person attending a university, it would declare a major in Diversity/Community Service and a minor in African American Culture. The Student National Dental Association is an organization that is all about the “inclusive we.” We accept members of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. Our goal is to improve the oral health care within our communities and abroad. Our dedication is to the advancement of students within the field of dentistry. SNDA has and continues to provide proper oral hygiene education through various outreach efforts and an increase the access to care within communities, with emphasis on the minorities and the undeserved. 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 improvement!