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
American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) has taken over the 7th floor bulletin board! Throughout the month of March, check out the board by the student lounge to learn more about the group and the population it serves! Learn about the many service opportunities and great lectures offered by AADMD and check out interesting facts about those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how we can better care for them as dental health professionals.
AADMD would like to highlight a special national event called End the R Word that happens every March. Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and their supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.
Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.
The word retard (ed) hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends.
Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions.
TUSDM Class of 2020 has taken over the 7th floor bulletin board! Throughout the month of March, check out the board by the mailboxes to see great pictures and familiar faces! The D20s have been spending time together in and out of the classroom with potlucks, paint nights, planetarium trips, and the like. This bulletin board is an at-a-glance of the memories we’ve made so far, and we look forward to all the adventures headed our way!
Special shout out to Alicia Kim (D20) and Ruby Wagimin (D20) for putting together this beautiful collage!
On Saturday February 18, 2017, AAWD Tufts colleagues teamed up with Science Club for Girls to host a ‘Show Me the Science’ event at Northeastern’s International Village. Our event goals included promoting scientific inquiry, building self-confidence through hands-on experiments, and increasing literacy in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) for girls from grades kindergarten to 8th grade.
Tufts Dental students Kristin Bradley (D20), Sandy Lor (D18), Christy Collins (D18), Mindy Nguyen (D18), Annie Le (D18) and Sangita Murali (D18) enjoyed fostering excitement and confidence in STEM through their Tooth Decay experiment with the young attendees. For the experiment, we divided up into stations.
An evening discussion hosted by Tufts Implant Club and Periodontics Study Club was well attended this past month by students, residents, faculty and research staff, as Dr. Richard Miron presented on Biomaterials for Bone and Periodontal Regeneration.
The diversity of attendees was a valuable testament to the many applications that osteoinduction and bone grafting have throughout dentistry. While this concept of inducing growth of new bone has been in use for years, our understanding of the biological events that occur during bone regeneration have allowed for clinical improvements in patient care. Dr. Miron spoke on several projects his lab at Nova Southeastern University has studied including: Enamel matrix derivative, bone morphogenic protein, and platelet rich fibrin.
As dentists, our profession is constantly evolving due to developments in research. Recognizing these changes and understanding how they affect patient care is important for becoming a clinician who can provide treatments which are current and reliable.