It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should ensure all students, faculty, staff and administration are sensitive to the diversity of their colleagues and patients.

ASDA defines diversity through numerous, intersecting dimensions including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identify, age, physical abilities/qualities, sexual orientation, religious and ideological beliefs, veteran status, citizenship status and personal lifestyle preferences. ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations.  (Excerpt from E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity Policy)

ASDA Position & Policy Statements 

The 2021-22 Diversity & Inclusion Task Force reviewed ASDA’s existing and proposed position and policy statements to ensure they were reflective of the diverse dental student population and used inclusive language. The following policies were adopted or amended by the 2022 House of Delegates based on their recommendations:

Additional Resources and Organizations

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

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. View program sites here.


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ASDA is not responsible for the availability or content of the sites linked above, nor does their inclusion imply endorsement. To suggest additional resources for this listing, email the Membership Department.