The ASDA Council on Advocacy is appointed for a year-long term by the Board of Trustees. The council represents the interests of dental students on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the dental profession. Members launch grassroots initiatives to promote action-oriented advocacy in support of dental students and the patients they serve.

The council comprises one chair and five legislative coordinators:
  • The council chair supervises and directs the activities of the council and facilitates council meetings. 
  • Legislative coordinators (LCs) work by the direction of the chair of the Council on Advocacy. They represent the chapters in their region and guide chapters on grassroots activities such as state lobby days, ADPAC drives and email campaigns.

Council on Advocacy Chair

Term Length: Spring Council 2019 - Lobby Day 2020

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Experience serving on the Council on Advocacy is strongly preferred.
Meetings

Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings (Click here for exact dates):

  • Spring Council Meeting 2019
  • Fall Council Meeting 2019
  • National Leadership Conference 2019
  • ASDA Annual Session 2020 (Date TBD)
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2020 (Date TBD)
Responsibilities

Legislative strategy

  • Provides oversight on strategic advocacy initiatives.
  • Works with staff to plan National Dentist and Student Lobby Day. 
Advocacy engagement strategy

  • Works closely with staff to establish annual advocacy initiatives.
  • Provides advocacy resources at the chapter, district and national levels. 
  • Oversees Advocacy Month.  
Council management

  • Supervises the activities of the Council on Advocacy.
  • Approves all council meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Mentors Legislative Liaisons.
  • Assists with orientation and transition of new council members.

Legislative Coordinator

Term Length:  Spring Council 2019 - Lobby Day 2020

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
Meetings

Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings (Click here for exact dates):

  • Spring Council Meeting 2019
  • Fall Council Meeting 2019
  • ASDA Annual Session 2020 (Date TBD)
  • ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day 2020 (Date TBD)
Responsibilities

Legislative strategy

  • Provides oversight on strategic advocacy initiatives.
  • Works with staff to plan ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day. 
Advocacy engagement strategy

  • Works closely with staff to establish annual advocacy initiatives.
  • Provides advocacy resources at the chapter, district and national levels. 
  • Oversees Advocacy Month.  
Regional management

  • Serves as regional advocacy liaison to provide leadership and support to the chapter and district legislative liaisons.
  • Communicates regularly with chapter legislative liaisons to provide oversight on chapter goals. 
  • Informs district trustees and district legislative liaisons of advocacy initiatives within region.
  • Maintains contact information for chapter legislative liaisons.