SNDA Celebrates Black History Month, February 2019
Feb 01 to Feb 28
February 01, 2019 12:30 PM to February 28, 2019 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

In celebration of Black History Month 2019, The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is hosting several events this February. Join in the fun events, and support your friends and colleagues as the College of Dentistry celebrates our “inclusive we” commitment to diversity and inclusion.


February 2019 Event Schedule

February 1st - Soul Food Sale
Join us as we kick off Black History Month and indulge in tasteful southern cuisine.
12:30-1:30 4th Floor Commons

February 8th - Sterilization Appreciation
We will be showing our appreciation to our Sterilization staff for all that they do.
ALL DAY - Second floor Sterilization window

February 15th - Keynote Speaker
CDS President Dr. C. D. Watson-Lowry will be here to talk about her journey through dentistry.
12:30 - 1:30 LHN (lunch with be provided)

Feb 28th-TBA event with the Student National Medical Association



About the Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

SNDA-logo-2017.pngWhat is the Student National Dental Association (SNDA)? Well, if the SNDA was a person attending a university, it would declare a major in Diversity/Community Service and a minor in African American Culture. The Student National Dental Association is an organization that is all about the “inclusive we.” We accept members of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. Our goal is to improve the oral health care within our communities and abroad. Our dedication is to the advancement of students within the field of dentistry. SNDA has and continues to provide proper oral hygiene education through various outreach efforts and an increase the access to care within communities, with emphasis on the minorities and the undeserved. The SNDA has had a long-standing goal for over 40 years to promote, aid and support the academic and social environment of minority students. We are always excited to have more members dedicated to community improvement!

Seminar: Shark Teeth!
Feb 08
February 08, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry Eco Educators are bringing Dr. Steven Kessel, Director of Marin Research at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to the College on Friday, February 8 for a lunch and learn presentation.  Dr. Kessel will discuss his ongoing research focused on gaining a better understanding of endangered Caribbean shark species in an effort to protect them from further decline.  He has led and assisted with studies of lemon sharks, red sea sharks and manta rays and helped develop conservation management programs for special specials. 


About the Speaker

Steven-Kessel.jpgSteven Kessel, Ph.D. is the Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Marine Research in the Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kessel oversees a suite of marine conservation research projects aimed at protecting commercially important Caribbean species, such as endangered Nassau grouper and threatened queen conch.

Dr. Kessel has worked extensively with a wide variety of species and has a well-established reputation as a conservation scientist. His research complements the existing conservation portfolio at Shedd, which is intended to advance management and protect imperiled aquatic species across the globe.

In addition to overseeing Shedd’s existing conservation research projects in The Bahamas, Kessel will also launch his own original research project to better understand Caribbean region shark species and how to protect them from further decline. Previously, Kessel has led and assisted with research projects studying lemon sharks, Red Sea sharks and manta rays, and has aided in the development of conservation management programs for various species.

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Photo Credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez 


Seminar: Oral Health Innovation 'Preventistry'
Feb 13
February 13, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

The business of oral health is changing. Will you be ready? In this oral health innovation seminar, Steven Pollock, the President and CEO of DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization, will discuss the changing oral health business, and how it will you as an oral health professional.

February 13, Wednesday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm



The pace of change in the healthcare industry is the fastest it’s been in decades, and dentistry is no exception. The highly fragmented and siloed dental care and finance system is ripe for disruption. The industry is being purposefully disrupted by significant inflow of capital, novel technology, workforce and other regulatory reforms, and changing consumer preferences. Accelerated consolidation and care delivery disruptions are aiming to create a more accessible, integrated, consumer oriented, and value-driven model.

One example of this transformation is “Preventistry”, which:

  • Refocuses oral care on prevention
  • Pays for value and outcomes, not volume of services
  • Advocates for greater access in multiple venues where people are, and
  • Invests in innovations and technologies that improve consumer health and experience

To effect this transformation will require a new thinking in business strategy and corporate philanthropy, putting business performance and social impact on the same footing. In the healthcare industry that’s inherently social and local, this double bottom line approach is both socially responsible and offers a unique, sustainable and credible competitive edge.



Steven Pollock
President & Chief Executive Officer of DentaQuest

stevepollock.pngSteve Pollock is the President and CEO of DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., with locations across the country, DentaQuest operates as an integrated enterprise with a mission to benefits business, a foundation, an institute and dental care delivery sites all dedicated to improving the oral health of all.

Steve’s leadership specifically guides all of these parts into working as a whole to improve oral health care from every angle. The DentaQuest Foundation is the leader in oral health philanthropy, investing annually in organizations that share our commitment to improving the oral health of all. The DentaQuest Institute applies a rigorous science and research and development approach to testing and proving new models of care that prioritize prevention. The care delivery business boasts the nation’s first dental accountable care organization with more than 40 oral health centers in Oregon, while also managing 22 oral health centers in 3 other states. And DentaQuest’s best-in-class benefits business includes more than 23 million people.

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Pleaes RSVP your spot by email to knoorula@uic.edu.