It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that each dental school should assure that its faculty and administration are sensitive to the cultural diversity and changing demographics of today's dental students.

The American Student Dental Association defines diversity as: differences and variations among and between individual characteristics, demographics and professional choices, including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression. ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations of students. (Excerpt from E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity Policy) 

Resources from ASDA

Resources from other organizations

The following list directs you to websites offering assistance or information related to matters of diversity and inclusion in organized dentistry.

Race & Ethnic Background

Asian American student dental associations: While no national organization for Asian American dental students currently exists, many schools offer clubs or school activities that bring Asian American students together.

Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) - Student Chapters 

Indian Dental Association 

Iranian American Dental Association 

Korean American Dental Association - Student Chapters 

Student National Dental Association 

Religion

Academy of LDS Dentists – Student Chapters 

Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity 

Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) - Student Life 

Muslim student dental associations: While no national organization for Muslim dental students currently exists, many schools offer clubs or school activities that bring Muslim students together.

General Information

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. The program expanded to include an array of other healthcare professions, such as nursing, pharmacy and public health.  

Resources for patient care

Patient Education - English

Patient Education - Spanish

National Center for Cultural Competence: The mission of NCCC is to increase the capacity of healthcare programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities and to promote health equity.

ASDA is not responsible for the availability or content of the sites linked above, nor does their inclusion imply endorsement.

If you are interested in hosting a chapter event focused on diversity and inclusion, see the Chapter How-To Guides for additional assistance.

For tips on finding and fostering relationships with mentors, see Mentorship in Dental School.

To suggest additional resources for this listing, email the Membership Department.