ASDA advocacy is vital to the protection and welfare of dental students and the dental profession. We want as many students as possible to effectively advocate for dental student issues.
The Advocacy Certificate Program helps students strengthen and develop their advocacy knowledge. Whether you’re new to advocacy or an expert, the program will help you become a lifelong advocate.
How to participate
- Identifies key advocacy initiatives that will help you become proficient in advocacy. These initiatives include attendance at local advocacy events, lobbying at Capitol Hill, participation in advocacy webinars and contributing advocacy content to ASDA publications.
- Awards a certificate and lapel pin to students that have completed the established requirements as listed below.
- Expects members of the program to inspire and mobilize fellow dental students in advocacy initiatives.
- Provides opportunities to network with other certificate recipients and identify strategies to advance ASDA’s advocacy efforts.
The Certificate Program begins at the 2018 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day and ends at the 2019 ASDA Annual Session. ASDA members must earn eight points within that time to complete the program. But don’t stop at eight points! The student with the most points will be recognized at the 2019 ASDA Annual Session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Each advocacy initiative has been assigned a point value. Please see below for more information about the events that qualify for points. You must earn points in at least three different categories to be recognized.