Advocacy Certificate Program

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ASDA advocacy is vital to the protection and welfare of dental students and the dental profession. Whether you’re new to advocacy or an advocacy expert, the Advocacy Certificate Program will help you become a lifelong advocate.

Earn points by participating in various advocacy initiatives listed below. The person with the most points at the end of the program earns the Excellence in Advocacy Engagement Award.

Congratulations to Carter Coppinger, Iowa '25, for receiving this award in the 2023-24 program! 

*Now Open* 2024-25 Certificate Program

The 2024-25 certificate program runs from ASDA Annual Session 2024 - Annual Session 2025. 

Submit your points here.

Advocacy Certificate Program Point Categories

The Program:

  1. 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.
  2. Awards an electronic certificate to students that have completed the established requirements as listed below. 
  3. Expects members of the program to inspire and mobilize fellow dental students in advocacy initiatives. 
  4. Highlights your commitment to advocacy on your resume or in interviews.

How to Participate:

  • Members must earn at least eight points to earn the certificate.
  • Don’t just stop at 8 points! The highest point earner will receive ASDA’s Excellence in Advocacy Engagement Award.

Submitting Points:

  • You must earn points in at least three different categories to be recognized.
  • All points must be submitted by the established deadline to national ASDA. ASDA will verify your engagement in national initiatives. We are confident you will report local events accurately. 
Submit your points here.

Rules and eligibility

Predoctoral members are eligible to participate in the ASDA Advocacy Certificate Program. Students must earn 8 points during the specified timeframe to earn the certificate.
Keep ASDA members updated on your Certificate Program progress by using #ASDAadvocacy on social media. 

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