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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service Featuring Civil Rights Leader & U.S. Congressman John Lewis

April 5 | 6:30 PM|Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campusc3768596-8822-43f6-a12a-d50670ce578f

 Tisch College is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District, for the 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. From protests to politics, the Congressman will share his experiences with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities today.

 The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. These lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador of Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. This lecture is also supported by Tisch College’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Learn more at

This will be a ticketed event. Tickets are free and available through Karen Alexander at the Office of Student Affairs for tickets. 

HDA at East Boston Health Fair

Hispanic-Dental-AssociationTwo weeks ago, members from the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) visited the East Boston Health Fair at Most Holy Redeemer Parish to provide oral health education. While there, they played oral health education using games, gave puppet demonstrations, sang songs, let the kids try on loupes and answered questions. HDA Co-Community Outreach Coordinator Courtney Schick (D16) had this to say:

“We saw a large number of kids. It was wonderful to have our station as part of a larger community gathering. The kids were excited to be there and engaged.  Events like this one help me relate to kids. I want to incorporate children into my practice so it is good to learn how to relate to them. I enjoyed being surrounded by Spanish and speaking some with adults there. I feel the event also shows an interest in that community. We as students are volunteering to take time to visit this community and that sense of ‘caring’ speaks loudly. I was proud to be able to help organize the event for the second year and feel that it was successful.”

SPEA Relaunches!

564944_10151240909019391_400139126_n1The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA) has relaunched their TUSDM chapter! If you are interested in promoting and supporting the dental student’s commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve, then this is the group for you. Check out their updated Dental Central page to learn more about the organization.

SPEA will be holding a general information meeting Thursday, March 31st at 12pm in the Continuing Education Classroom on the 14th floor. Dean Hanlon will be speaking on professionalism during emergency situations in response to recent events at the school. More information to come, check back here for updates!

JUMBO VOTE 2016: General Interest Meetings & Lunches

120924_9367_election044-1024x681Join representatives of Tisch College for one of two upcoming lunch meetings to hear about Jumbo Vote 2016, a new university-wide initiative to increase voter participation and political learning among Tufts students in the upcoming presidential election and beyond.

The lunch presentations will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at Noon in Sackler 316 and Friday, April 15 at Noon in Jaharis 508. Jumbo Vote 2016 is largely student-driven—so we need your help! We’ll be discussing many ways to get involved – including voter registration drives, events and issue forums, funding opportunities, and other ways for students and student groups to engage in the political process. As we gear up for the November election, we hope interested students from across the Boston campus will come to learn more and share your ideas.

Lunch will be served. You can read more about the initiative here. Please RSVP here for the 3/29 lunch or RSVP here for the 4/15 lunch.

D18s Give Their Second “Tooth Talk” on Dental Insurance

IMG_2111Last week, members of the D18 class visited the Castle Square Tenants Organization to present the second installment of their “Tooth Talks” seminars, this time discussing dental insurance. D18 co-community service chair Kimberly Meyers reflected on the event:

“The ‘Tooth Talks’ are a new initiative started by the D18s. It’s been a lot of fun being creative with the direction of the this segment of the ‘Healthy Living Seminars’ at CSTO. Insurance is not one of dentistry’s most riveting topics so I was happy we were actually able to engage our audience by playing their favorite game, BINGO. Although no D18 had the winning card, Kevin Campbell, Kyle Jonna, and Andrew Lum put on a really informative, engaging presentation that Monita Wong did an awesome job translating. I knew insurance was confusing, but this experience gave me a better appreciation for how much more convoluted and complicated the whole system may be to someone facing language barriers.”

ASDA Impressions Newsletter Online Now!

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 8.31.31 PMCheck out the new TUSDM chapter of ASDA’s newsletter Impression, available online here!

Do you have a knack for writing? Do you have an issue that you are particularly passionate about and would like to share with the school? If you are interested in writing for future editions of Impressions, please contact Marissa Schwartz at

Dental Central Featured in Tufts Dental Medicine Magazine!

10/04/2015 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A member of the Smile Squad, part of the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, uses a specially made stuffed animal to demonstrate to a child how to brush at Community Day on Oct. 4, 2015. (Evan Sayles for Tufts University)
10/04/2015 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – A member of the Smile Squad, part of the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, uses a specially made stuffed animal to demonstrate to a child how to brush at Community Day on Oct. 4, 2015. (Evan Sayles for Tufts University)

This winter, Dental Central was featured in the Tufts University Dental Alumni Magazine. The article, title “Got Connections?”, can be read in full here! Check out an excerpt below.

“Along with classroom work and clinical practice, dental students are encouraged to engage in community service. A joint effort between the School of Dental Medicine and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts is helping to make service activities more accessible and to promote civic engagement.

The centerpiece of the collaboration is a website called Dental Central, launched in 2014 as the go-to place for information on volunteer opportunities, group activities and other community-focused extracurricular events. Student groups are encouraged to use the site to list events or calls for volunteers and to post photos and follow-ups afterward.”


Jamaica Service Learning Trip Part III: Tim Kim (D18) Reflects


With the alarm blaring at 6:30 am, I awoke to the sun rising on a Monday morning. However, this was no ordinary Monday; I wasn’t getting ready to go to school, but rather was preparing for my first day of a weeklong service trip in Jamaica. Within the hour, I quickly got changed, packed my camera, and ran by the hotel cafeteria to get a bite to eat to sustain me for the long day ahead. Finally reaching the bus, I was greeted by the other students and faculty that had made the trip from their homes to volunteer their time and service to the local population. With excitement and a hint of nervousness in the air, we all departed the hotel for a two-hour ride to our first location.

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AAPD Talks with the Girl Scouts

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) visited a Girl Scout Troop to promote oral health. AAPD members read stories to the girls to promote oral health and then helped them with an art project that reinforced what they learned. Special thanks to Tracy Tchintchin (D18) for sending us some pictures!