American Student Dental Association (ASDA)


Tufts UNIVERSITY School of Dental Medicine Chapter

The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry.  As a national professional organization, ASDA provides a forum for expression of dental student concerns.  It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry.  ASDA currently has more than 14,000 predoctoral members at each of the 55 U.S. dental school chapters.

Organization Goals:

  • Promote welfare of dental students
  • Advocate just treatment of dental students
  • Represent needs, interests and welfare of association members
  • Identify and promote needed change in dental education
  • Introduce and promote organized dentistry
  • Disseminate pertinent information to dental students
  • Improve dental care and delivery to all people by identifying public dental needs


  • National Dental Student Lobby Day
  • National Leadership Conference
  • ASDA Small Council Meetings
  • ASDA Annual Session
  • ADA District Caucuses
  • MDS House of Delegates
  • Interschool Debate (Tufts, Harvard, BU)
  • Tufts Predental Day
  • Vermont Special Olympics
  • ASDA Smile Share & Care
  • Yankee Dental
  • BCG Health Expo
  • Socials
  • Health and Wellness
  • Relay for Life
  • Yoga
  • ASDA Vendor Fair
  • Phantom Food Festival/Eat and Greet
  • Leadership Summitt


Leadership within Tufts ASDA: Class reps, Committee chairs, Legislative Liaison, and other Leadership Positions

Leadership at the National Level:  Elected Positions (elected by House of Delegates or chapter delegates at Annual Session), Appointed Positions (selected from a pool of applicants by board of trustees)

Externships in Washington, D.C. and Chicago


D16 Representative: Mandy Alamwala

D17 Representative: Cristina Kendall

D18 Representative: Agatha Kao

D19 Representative: Tabitha Mohammed

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joanne Falzone


Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.