The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation, and advocacy.
To advance the dental profession by developing exemplary leaders and inspiring member advocacy.
The UCLA ASDA Executive Cabinet consists of the President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and Legislative Liaison. These six individuals are elected by a majority vote held by the UCLA student body. With passion and enthusiasm, they dedicate themselves to promoting ASDA’s core values within the UCLA School of Dentistry.
After selecting the 2016-2017 committee chairs, overseeing the creation of a new committee, Business Symposium, and reorganizing the organizational structure of ASDA, the Cabinet has pushed UCLA ASDA to become the largest and most involved organization on campus. By having each cabinet member directly responsible for managing a number of committees, each cabinet member is given multiple opportunities to experience leadership development.
UCLA ASDA continues to foster relationships with other organizations on campus, continuing its collaboration with the UCLA Associated Student Body and Student Affairs Office. UCLA ASDA has also been asked to participate in Orientation Week for the Class of 2020. With the guidance and direction of these six individuals, the 2016-2017 academic year holds great promise for the ASDA chapter at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Tim’s journey into organized dentistry started in his first week of dental school. After hearing about the influence legislation plays in the daily practice of dentists, he began to seek out opportunities to learn more about the issues. He previously served as the CDA Representative and Legislative Liaison, providing insight into many of the controversial topics facing dentists and dental students. Tim brings his professionalism and enthusiasm to fulfill the ASDA mission of promoting lifelong involvement in organized dentistry, education, and advocacy. His vision is to promote the ASDA brand on a chapter and national level and incorporate it into all aspects of the school and neighboring communities.
- Cultivate lifelong leaders in dentistry
- Establish large, collaborative events to enrich the dental student experience
- Increase organizational efficiency and productivity
Sharlene is a current D3 and serves as one of the chapter Vice Presidents. She will be working very closely with the Marketing & Media and Member Services departments to achieve her goals for this year. Outside of UCLA, Sharlene also serves as an Electronic Editor on the national ASDA Editorial Board.
- Help streamline production of media and bolster chapter presence on social media platforms
- Oversee maintenance of consistent organizational branding
- Increased recognition of committee chair and member achievements throughout the year
Jonathan was born and raised in Northern California and came to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University, where he received a BS in Biology. He was excited to remain in LA and follow in his father’s footsteps by choosing to attend UCLA School of Dentistry. Over the last two years Jonathan has been heavily involved on campus, especially focusing his time on his Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, Basic Dental Principles for pre-dental students, Tucker Cast Gold Study Club, and ASDA. He plans to continue his leadership within the school and is enthusiastic to pursue the excellence that UCLA ASDA has achieved.
- Promote and identify leadership development within ASDA committees
- Bridge the gap between committee chairs and the cabinet
- Create an environment of inclusion for all students in the school of dentistry
Ravi got his start in ASDA by serving as the first year rep in the First Year Enrichment Committee during his D1 year. His interpersonal skills coupled with his passion for mentorship provided him the opportunity to continue his involvement within the club as a committee chair the following year. It was that year that he attended the District 11 Meeting and Annual Session were he became inspired to further his involvement within ASDA. As secretary, Ravi plans to get students informed and motivated in leadership and organized dentistry, while also building chapter awareness.
Chloe began her work with ASDA as a Fundraising Committee member in her first year. The following year she took on the role of Fundraising Committee co-chair planning our annual Vendor Fair and annual Charity Auction. In furthering her commitment to ASDA as the treasurer for the 2016-2017 year, Chloe hopes to better manage our costs and spending along with increasing our revenue in order to allow for the expansion of ideas and events for the UCLA chapter. Chloe is spearheading a new event, the Alumni Tailgate, aimed to strengthen alumni-student relations and increase revenues. UCLA ASDA will also be holding unique smaller fundraisers such as TV show tapings, penny wars, and CE courses under Chloe’s leadership.
Walter is the Legislative Liaison for the UCLA ASDA chapter, as well as the Advocacy Associate of ASDA’s District 11 Cabinet. He is very passionate about working with underserved communities and hopes to be an advocate for positive change in legislative issues surrounding the care of such communities. His goals for the year are to increase student awareness of legislative issues surrounding dentistry and health, to increase attendance at Advocacy Academy hosted by District 11, and to be a resource to any students interested in getting involved with dentistry related legislative issues.