Advocacy Month

People you don’t know are dictating how you practice. It’s time to champion dental student advocacy by participating in ASDA’s Advocacy Month this November, themed Midterms Matter: Add your voice. 

The month will focus on the importance of advocacy and how you can Find out. Reach out. Speak out. this midterm season. 


All ASDA chapters are encouraged to plan and carry out advocacy-related events throughout November. 

What kind of events could your chapter hold? 
  • Legislative lunch and learn
  • ADPAC drive
  • Advocacy-related social event
  • Advocacy academy

Not sure which event to hold? Visit ASDA’s Advocacy Track webpage. This interactive webpage allows you to answer questions about your chapter’s involvement in advocacy and suggests an event that is right for your school. 

AdvocacyMonth_2017_CollageShow your passion for getting informed and involved on social media with advocacy speech bubbles. Simply print them out, and include them in your Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat posts. Be sure you use #ASDAadvocacy and make your post public to be seen. 

Advocacy Month artwork for your social media pages is available:

There are several ways to engage with advocacy throughout the month. Click through the tabs below to learn about activities, challenges and resources for Advocacy Month 2018.

ASDA Advocacy Molar Bear
Molar Bear

ASDA’s mascot, the Advocacy Molar Bear, is ready to visit your chapter. Chapters that sign up will start receiving bears in late October. Upon receiving the bear, chapters are expected to do the following: 

  • Take a photo with the bear and a university logo or landmark
  • Film a short video with the bear naming one thing you or your chapter has done to advance advocacy efforts this election year.
  • Post the video to Instagram using #AdvocacyBear, #ASDAadvocacy and tag @dentalstudents

Mail the bear to the next participating chapter in the district by the established deadline. We hope that all chapters participate and that the bear makes it to each chapter by the end of November.

ASDA’s Advocacy Month contests will challenge students to engage with advocacy. Challenges will run from November 1 – 30, 2018. Chapter and individual challenge winners will be notified in early December and will receive prizes.

Chapter Challenges

  • The Populist Chapter Challenge – The chapter that receives the most social media likes on their advocacy event post will win this contest. Post a photo from your advocacy event on your chapter’s Instagram account, and include a short statement describing the event and who attended. Tag @dentalstudents, and use #ASDAadvocacy and #ASDApopulist. Make sure your page is set to public.

Individual Challenge

  • I am a dental voter: ASDA wants you to get informed on the issues and vote. After you’ve voted, share a photo of yourself the “I voted” sign (available here) on Instagram along with a brief statement on why you choose to be a dental voter on Election Day. Your post must be dated on Nov. 6, 2018 and must tag @dentalstudents and include #ASDAadvocacy. The post with the most likes will be reposted on ASDA’s official Instagram account. Make sure your page is set to public.
  • Advocacy Month political cartoon contest – Members will submit a political cartoon featuring their favorite advocacy-related pun. Cartoons should be submitted by November 16 as high resolution .jpg file, sized 2200px x 1150px. The Council on Advocacy will select a winner and two runners-up. Winners will be featured in ASDA publications and receive a prize. Submitted cartoons should be professional and appropriate. The Council on Advocacy will not consider any cartoons that contain explicit language or defame political figures.
Combating the Opioid Epidemic
November 13, 7:30 p.m. CDT

In 2016, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S., and 40% of those deaths involved a prescription pain reliever. Opioids aren’t only an issue for dentistry, they are a national epidemic. To help students effectively discuss and combat the crisis, this webinar will provide up-to-date opioid information and examine how experts from different fields are working together against opioids. 

Register now