Contour is the only news source dedicated to sharing the dental-student narrative and addressing their holistic needs as they prepare to enter the workforce as dental professionals. ASDA members receive Contour 10 times a year, with combined issues in June/July and November/December.
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February 2024 – Black History
This issue of Contour features several articles by ASDA members who share personal stories of what it is like to be a Black student in dental school. For example, Jamachi C. Orji, Penn ’25, writes that she has been told several times that her success today is solely because of affirmative action and not the hard work she put in to get there. Tareina Rogers, Tufts ’25, talks about the critical importance of minority faculty representation in dental schools, including their much-needed ability to serve as role models for minority students. In her editor’s note, “A New Shade of Understanding: Reflections on Representation in Dentistry,” ASDA Editor in Chief Roslyn Joseph, Dental College of Georgia ’24, writes, “I urge you to delve deeply into this crucial issue of Contour, which shares dental diversity and representation stories past and present…The more we know, the better we can connect with our patients.”
In a triumphant piece orchestrated by Sheream Reed, Meharry ’24, he and eight classmates share who in the Black dental community has influenced their journey. Don’t miss these inspiring first-person accounts in “The Divine Nine in Dentistry: A Century of Influence Marches On.”
Check out the February 2024 issue of Contour.