NEW Social Justice Alliance (SJA) Open to All at TUSDM!

In January, our U.S. government announced a travel ban prohibiting people from 7 predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.A. I was not directly affected, but I felt the pain of discrimination set forth on marginalized members of our nation. I refused to sit back and watch a grave injustice take place.

I then took to the streets, and invited anyone else who wanted to join. While protesting, my fellow D18 classmates Sarah Chung, Samantha Ward, and I agreed it was time for TUSDM to have an organization that allowed our institution to explore and provide education on complex topics such as race, sexuality, politics, and religion. We are lucky to have a diverse institution, but with that comes the responsibility to provide the proper support needed to maintain an inclusive environment.

With the support and guidance of Dean Kasberg, Karen Alexander, Dr. Alan Epstein, Kathryn Dolan, and Nancy Marks, we are now able to present the Social Justice Alliance. Our founding executive board members are:

  • D18s: Mikenah Vega, Spencer Nice, Samantha Ward, and Carly Martin
  • D19: Britney Pulliam
  • D20: Matthew Downes

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LGBT Health Workforce Conference

Tufts Dental LGBTQA is headed to NYC for the 2017 LGBT Health Workforce Conference April 20-22nd at Hunter College and Cornell University! The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate, educational, research, and clinical) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns and disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.  This conference is designed for health professionals, educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), but all interested are invited to attend.  If you’re interested in attending with us please register here and email your receipt to Carly Martin ( as soon as possible:

8th Annual AAWD Spring Brunch

Join Tufts, BU and Harvard Schools of Dental Medicine at next weekend’s AAWD Spring Brunch on March 26, 11AM-2PM.
All students, alumni, practicing dentists, faculty and administrators are welcome. Please feel free to bring a +1 too!

To register: ; $5 for AAWD members, $10 for non-AAWD members

Let us know you’ll be there!

TUSDM Multicultural Night

TUSDM community will be hosting an exciting Multicultural Show to celebrate diversity amongst students, faculty, and staff. In the current political and social climate, our school would like to start by embracing the many cultures that we represent.
What: Multicultural show and food
Where: TBD
When: March 30th
Time: 6-10pm
Cost: Free
We are looking for
PERFORMERS-whether you can sing, dance, act, play an instrument, poetry, model trad clothing etc.
If you know anyone in your community that would like to perform please let us know.
CHEFS to make diverse dishes preferably for at least 10+ people. We will be catering food as well.
Fill out this form to sign up by preferably March ~15th:…/1FAIpQLSft4PMVJDvrSJBwb…/viewform…

If you have any questions, you can contact Julie Nguyen (D20)  or Dr. Saksena
Flyers and emails will be coming shortly!

Leadership Succession Lunch & Learn REFLECTION

On Tuesday, March 7th Lunch & Learn session was held on supporting the successful transition from seasoned student group leaders to those up-and coming and/or newly elected leaders. It was a great time spent with exchange of ideas and suggestions among various student organization leaders.

  “When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will not be only be remembered by what you achieved personally and what your organization accomplished during your tenure. You will be also be remembered by how well your organization did after you were gone. Your lasting value will be measured by your succession.”

Check out some of the reflections made by our student leaders: 

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Give Kids A Smile! Reflection by Paul Serrano (D19)

On February 4th, Give Kids A Smile was held at TUSDM, focusing on oral health screenings, oral health promotion, and oral health fairs. Around 100 students and faculty members worked together to put together this special day filled with smiles, laughter, and fun.

Paul Serrano (D19) reflects: “This was the first year that the “Give Kid A Smile” event was held at Tufts. On this day, TUSDM took part in a national community outreach initiative created by the ADA Foundation. TUSDM opened its doors to children ages 0-13 for free dental screenings, exams, and fluoride varnish treatment – all with the hope of helping young children find a permanent “dental home” at TUSDM. Oral health promotion, children educational activities, and various games with prizes also took place in Merritt Auditorium, under the guidance and supervision of student and faculty volunteers.

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Bates-Andrews Research Day

Thank you all for your support and participation on Bates-Andrews Research Day! 

It was a very successful event, and we want to acknowledge not only the winners, listed below, but also all of the students who participated and the many faculty who assisted with judging and mentoring our student researchers. The commercial exhibitors provide the funding for this event. We appreciate their support and thank everyone who visited their tables. Special thanks go to our Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Milman, who gave an excellent presentation on “Distilling Your Message”, strategies for effective communication in research and in practice.

If you would like to see some photos from the event, the Bates Student Research Group posted a bunch on Facebook and Instagram: @bsrg   #BatesDay2017

Winners of this year’s Bates-Andrews Day are as follows:

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