Welcome to UCLA ASDA
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation, and advocacy.
About UCLA ASDA
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at UCLA is dedicated to promoting unity within the dental school and the community. We strive to create a collaborative and inclusive environment for all dental students. Our mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students through various initiatives and events.
UCLA ASDA: JOIN US
The American Student Dental Association, is a national, student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation, and advocacy. When you join ASDA, you’re given a voice, in both your education and profession, and a chance to be part of a strong network of future dentists. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that will benefit you throughout your life.
Our chapter, UCLA ASDA, comprises 20 committees, each one led by elected committee chairs. Their combined efforts and talents, together with the leadership of the cabinet, make up the core of UCLA ASDA. Student body participation and member involvement reached its peak in 2022, with 100% of ASDA members attending at least two UCLA ASDA sponsored events. UCLA ASDA is proud to announce 95% school-wide membership in 2023-2024. If you are not yet an ASDA member, please contact one of our cabinet members or visit the links provided across this site for more information.
NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING PUBLICATIONS
UCLA ASDA’s primary quarterly publication, The Diastema, has won the ASDA Golden Crown Award not once, not twice, but three times, in a row, as the highest rated ASDA chapter publication in the nation! Our Newsletter Committee strives to ever improve its award-winning publication by mixing insightful articles and valuable advice with superior design and breathtaking photography. Each of us, from our writers and editors to our designers and photographers, works hard each quarter to put together nothing short of an exceptional publication. Without a doubt, thus, The Diastema ranks as one of UCLA ASDA’s most crowning of achievements.
In addition, we continue to push the limits of our Pre-Dental Committee through the creation of our pre-dental newsletter, The Leeway Space. The goal of this new biannual publication is to give a voice to pre-dental students, connect them with one another, and allow them to contribute to their future profession. This publication also serves as a method of enhancing communication between dental and pre-dental students, not just at UCLA, but also the nation across. It helps get the name UCLA ASDA out there, and has allowed us to extend our reach well beyond the hills of Westwood.
Join Our Community Of Future Dentists
Join UCLA ASDA today and become part of a vibrant community of future dentists dedicated to promoting student rights, fostering unity, and making a positive difference in the field of dentistry.
By joining ASDA, you will have access to a wide range of benefits, including:
- Opportunities for lifelong involvement in organized dentistry.
- Services, information, and education to support your dental journey.
- Representation and advocacy for your rights and interests as a dental student.
- A strong network of fellow dental students and professionals.
- Leadership development opportunities that will benefit you throughout your life.
Through our 20 committees and the leadership of our cabinet, UCLA ASDA strives to create an inclusive and collaborative environment where every dental student can thrive. Our dedication to excellence is evident in the national recognition we have received for our publications, such as The Diastema, which has won the ASDA Golden Crown Award multiple times.
Whether you are a current dental student or a pre-dental student aspiring to join the field, our Pre-Dental Committee and its publication, The Leeway Space, provide a platform for you to connect with others, contribute to your future profession, and enhance communication between dental and pre-dental students nationwide.
Don't miss out on the opportunities and experiences that await you as a member of UCLA ASDA. Join us today and make a lasting impact on your dental education and professional journey.