In August 2017, I vividly recall getting goosebumps from the excitement of hearing ASDA’s various legislative efforts. As a bright eyed D1, I knew ASDA meant being part of something bigger than myself. Fast forward three years later, and the ASDA fever just hasn’t slowed down in me. I’m proud of my accomplishments as a District 10 Trustee and the numerous committees that I’ve served on. ASDA has time and time again fought for licensure reform, something that Utah Dental Association (UDA) did not support. My dogged pursuit finally paid off in my third year, when I was able to convince UDA to start discussions on modernizing dental licensure. I have also built bridges with many dental organizations such as AGD, ADEA, HDA, SCDA and ADA increasing ASDA’s influence on the national and chapter stage. I had the honor of being elected by ASDA’s executive committee to attend the ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. There I participated in the House of Delegates and met the newly elected ADA executive members. Serving as a District Trustee I was able to double the number of district level leadership positions available. As a D2, I served as Vendor Relations Chair and raised around $80,000 for my chapter, while improving relationships with vendors. I played a significant role in instituting several improvements at Roseman University that won us the Gold Crown in 2019. Despite the achievements, there is significant work to be done. We are closer than ever on pushing the new licensure policy. With the momentum on our side, I have the grit and determination to lead this through. Attending the ADA house of delegates made me realize that many organizations have similar goals. Combining our forces with other dental organizations and collaborating with them means we can tackle issues that matter to dental students such as student debt, access to care and more. ASDA has a high turnover rate and it is crucial to keep our vision and mission in mind every year. We need to improve what’s not working for students through conference engagement and surveys so that the student’s voice gets heard. The student's opinions need to be be incorporated into the strategic plan for 2021-2023. Having the opportunity to attend multiple district conferences, I realized each district conference is unique. Generally, the district conferences have the highest attendance thus I would like to introduce some uniformity between them by having presentations on certain topics. This will ensure that each student across the nation has access to that information, providing an avenue to get CE credits for those presentations. When I look at all the work to be done, I feel inspired and excited because I know working with my fellow peers and students, we will be able to accomplish a lot. My experience succeeding in a variety of roles over the course of three years combined with my tenacity to keep forging ahead will allow me, as president, to advance ASDA’s interests on the national stage.
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