A Word From Our President
Thank you for visiting the Meharry ASDA Chapter website. The Meharry ASDA Chapter consists of over twenty outstanding leaders, truly committed to fulfilling the purpose of the American Student Dental Association. As our leaders endure their journeys to Doctor of Dental Surgery, they organize events which introduce students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provide services, information, education, representation and advocacy.
Our mission here at Meharry Medical College is “Worship of God, Through Service to Mankind” and we allow those words to guide everything that we do. As we were faced with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 – 2021 academic year, our 5th Annual Oral Health Day was postponed. Thanks to courageous and creative leadership, we channeled our efforts at service toward our 1st Annual “REACH” Oral Health Outreach Program where we provided dental hygiene, and general health products to over 600 children and elderly in the Nashville Metro Area.
In addition to our modified community outreach efforts, although a virtual experience, we were able to host our second annual Beyond The Clinics: Business Symposium. The goal of our Business Symposium is to introduce dental students to the world of business, private practice, and organized dentistry through lectures and panelists provided by the ADA Success program, Tennessee Dental Association and dental related health care professionals.
This year, we have been furthering the Diversity & Inclusion sector of the executive board, and have committed ourselves to rebuilding our engagement and connectivity with our communities. It is my hope that our events and services will engage and further impact students, faculty and the community at large. We welcome networking and partnership opportunities with dental students, professionals and leaders. ASDA has created a platform and working space for dental students to grow as leaders, advocate for their peers and communities, and efficiently navigate the world of dentistry; the Meharry Chapter will continue to contribute directly to those efforts. Thank you for visiting our website and please feel free to contact our leadership at any time.
- Aparecio Peggins, Meharry ASDA Chapter President 2021-2022