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Advocacy Month has been a success thanks to the grassroots initiatives taking place at the chapter level.

From lunch and learns with members of Congress to trivia nights and election viewing parties, we've seen your commitment to promoting #ASDAadvocacy at the local level.

We hope you enjoyed the events, learned more about advocacy and are inspired to stay involved in the future.


Chapter Event Challenges

The competition for the chapter challenges was fierce. The Council on Advocacy considered all chapters that reported holding advocacy events. The Council appreciates the creativity and planning that went into all the events held in November and extends its congratulations to the winners.

The Populist Chapter - Detroit Mercy, Cocktails and Congressmen event
As the Populist Chapter, Detroit Mercy held an event that was liked by the most dental student advocates on social media. At their event, dental students met with their local representatives and enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeurves while discussing dental policy and building relationships for the future.

The Progressive Chapter - Louisiana, ADPAC event
As the Freshman Senator chapter, Louisiana is just getting started, but is already on the fast track to becoming an advocacy powerhouse. At their event, the chapter welcomed Dr. Stephen Ortego, ADPAC representative from the ADA 12th district, to speak about the importance of political advocacy. The chapter set up a booth outside the lecture hall to encourage students to join ADPAC and take their picture with ASDA advocacy-themed signs.

The Freshman Senator Chapter - Marquette, video and lunch and learn
As the Progressive Chapter, Marquette thought outside of the box to create the most innovative advocacy resource for its members. The chapter produced an advocacy short film leading up to the general election that explained the role of the Electoral College. The chapter then hosted their Hot Topics Lunch and Learn featuring ADA Success speaker Dr. Tanner McKenna. One-hundred and thirty students came out to see Dr. Tanner speak on "The Future of Dentistry."


Advocacy in Action

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Watch it now. 

Advocacy Month programs and activities

All ASDA chapters were encouraged to plan and carry out advocacy-related events throughout the month of November.

What kinds of events did chapters hold?

  • Legislative lunch and learn
  • “Get out the vote” drive
  • ADPAC drive
  • Advocacy-related social event
  • Advocacy academy
  • Election viewing parties

Not sure which event works best for your chapter? Visit ASDA’s Advocacy Track webpage. This interactive webpage allows you to answer questions about your chapter’s involvement in advocacy in order to suggest the event that is right for your school.


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