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Moving into 2018, ASDA will be setting its sights on the future with the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan created by this year’s Board of Trustees. What will that future hold? How does our organization reflect the goals, passions, and needs of our membership? As president, I will work with the 2018-2019 Executive Committee to ensure that we consistently move the association into this vision of the future while putting the needs of our student members first.
Chapter Growth and Communication
As the Executive Committee, it is vital to understand the diverse range of passions and needs of our chapters. In order to provide more transparency and to better serve our entire membership, I would like to begin a three-part approach to chapter communication to help our members become more engaged, informed and empowered. I hope to utilize ASDA’s communication networks to highlight the diverse activities, initiatives and strengths of our chapters as an inspiration and motivation to other members. I want to provide monthly updates from the Board of Trustees and expand the National Town Hall Meetings pioneered by this year’s Executive Committee as an interactive method to ask questions and improve awareness of national efforts. Finally, I plan to provide resources to chapters to help leaders identify new ways to engage a wider range of members, inspire younger leaders and improve awareness of the resources and benefits that students receive with ASDA membership.
Grassroots Advocacy Efforts and Education
As we look to the future of ASDA, we also need to look to the future of our students as they enter their careers as dental professionals. Our members are burdened by unethical and outdated pathways to licensure, staggering student debt and barriers to providing care for the underserved. At the national level, I will continue to work together with the ADA, ADEA, and dental schools to address the challenges our students face. However, change begins at the local level and requires informed and motivated leaders to mobilize our members to advocate for their future. With the Council on Advocacy, I hope to improve access to information, advocacy training and national support for chapter leaders to promote local and national issues, collaborate with state dental societies and identify routes for change in their states.
The strength of our organization lies in our local student leaders, and I plan to provide a better support network for chapter leaders to develop their leadership skills, discuss their challenges and ask questions of those who have overcome them in the past. Robert Ingersoll said, “We rise by lifting others.” This has been my passion as a district trustee and a chapter leader, and I believe that in order to grow our chapters and our organization, we need to identify leaders with diverse passions and strengths and empower them to create their vision within ASDA. As the Executive Committee, we must reach out to chapter leaders to create better communication and to better address the needs and challenges they face at the local level.