Building Bridges with SoMa Civic Leaders

As our new campus construction moves forward in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, we are also making strides in introducing the school to local businesses, health organizations, cultural institutions and community members in our future neighborhood. It’s never too early to make these important connections, since our transition to the new campus in the spring and summer of 2014 will be here before we know it.

We want to be a good neighbor. We also want our future neighbors to know the many ways we serve the community. We treat nearly 10,000 patients at our San Francisco dental clinics and handle approximately 135,000 patient visits across our various clinics. We also lead health outreach events on and off-campus, and bring thousands of alumni and other dental professionals to San Francisco each year for continuing education. Plus our students, faculty and staff members frequent restaurants, retail stores, fitness centers, entertainment venues and neighborhood cultural organizations, providing an economic boost to the local economy.

Our school recently hosted a reception on Feb. 25 at the InterContinental Hotel (right next to our new campus location) to bring civic leaders together to learn more about the plans for our new campus. The event was co-hosted by Dr. Mike Antonini, a Pacific Dugoni graduate from the class of 1972. Dr. Antonini is a member of the San Francisco Planning Commission and a practicing dentist in San Francisco. We were joined by board members from the Pacific Dugoni Foundation, as well as several department chairs, students and staff, and incoming Alumni Association president Dr. Suzanne Saidi ’91.

We had a great time getting to know representatives from organizations such as SFMOMA, Market Street Association, Rotary Club of San Francisco, Intersection for the Arts, Target, CityPark, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and The Moscone Center, along with many local real estate professionals, apartment leasing managers and other influential people in the city. We hoped they learned a little more about our school and, in turn, we look forward to getting to know more about our new neighbors in the coming months and years.