This past Tuesday evening, August 16, a D20 Women in Leadership event was co-hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Public Health and Community Service. Dean Thomas joined Nancy Marks, Community Service Coordinator and Lead Event Organizer, Jacqueline Liu (D19) in welcoming attendees, affirming the high regard and support for the women of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Participants were encouraged to feel empowered and supported by faculty and staff to pursue personal aspirations, however humble or grand, and know there is every wish for women in each student class to experience encouragement in their endeavors.
Introducing D20 women to the variety of venues through which leadership can occur served as the starting place and impetus for this event. It was gratifying to see the large number of D20s who attended this leadership event, as well as the significant number of D19 and D18 volunteers who helped in the planning and facilitating of table discussions. The event was aspirational and had all the elements for individual enlightenment, skill building and community building. The best of what TUSDM can offer students!
Much thanks to all those who made this event happen and for the success and positive appreciation I learned from those who attended. I look forward to being part of the support for this event to continue for subsequent classes in the future.
Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Service
*Student reflection and photos coming soon!