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It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that each dental school should assure that its faculty and administration are sensitive to the cultural diversity and changing demographics of today's dental students.

The American Student Dental Association defines diversity as: differences and variations among and between individual characteristics, demographics and professional choices, including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression. ASDA recognizes the unique challenges faced by these diverse populations of students. (Excerpt from E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity Policy) 

Resources from ASDA

ASDA Position & Policy Statements 

ASDA Publications 

Resources from other organizations

The following list directs you to websites offering assistance or information related to matters of diversity and inclusion in organized dentistry.

 Race & Ethnic Background

Asian American student dental associations: While no national organization for Asian American dental students currently exists, many schools offer clubs or school activities that bring Asian American students together.

Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) - Student Chapters 

Indian Dental Association 

Iranian American Dental Association 

Korean American Dental Association - Student Chapters 

Student National Dental Association 


Academy of LDS Dentists – Student Chapters 

Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity 

Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) - Student Life 

Muslim student dental associations: While no national organization for Muslim dental students currently exists, many schools offer clubs or school activities that bring Muslim students together.


American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) 

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification and Gender Expression

Gender & Sexuality Action Committee of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) 

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association 

Gay-Straight Alliance Section of ADEA  

Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors & Dentists (GLADD)   (UK-based)

A number of organizations and alliances operate on the local level at various dental schools: 

General Information

Summer Medical & Dental Education Program: SMDEP is a free six-week residential program for first- and second-year college students interested in medicine and dentistry. Hosted at 12 institutions across the nation, the program aims to assist students who represent economic, geographic, cultural,  racial and ethnic diversity in their pursuit of gaining admission to both medical and dental school. As health care disparities continue to persist, SMDEP is committed to developing a diverse medical and dental workforce as they will be well-suited to address such gaps.

Resources for patient care

Patient Education - English

Patient Education - Spanish

National Center for Cultural Competence: The mission of NCCC is to increase the capacity of healthcare programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities and to promote health equity.

ASDA is not responsible for the availability or content of the sites linked above, nor does their inclusion imply endorsement. 

If you are interested in hosting a chapter event focused on diversity and inclusion, see the Chapter How-To Guides for additional assistance.

For tips on finding and fostering relationships with mentors, see Mentorship in Dental School.

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