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)
What 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!
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, 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.
Photo Credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez