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A special note of congratulations to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2022, which celebrated its pinning ceremony last Saturday on campus. The milestone event also included awards, remarks from students and faculty members, senior superlatives, a student video, and more. We will have more opportunities to celebrate the graduates during the upcoming Commencement Weekend in June. Attached is a group picture from the event and more photos are available in the online photo gallery.

It is exciting to see more in-person community outreach events planned as part of the Dugoni School’s commitment to serving the public. Next week, the Union City Dental Care Center, the Southern Alameda County Dental Society and the Dugoni School are partnering on two outreach opportunities. Thanks in advance to all of the volunteers for your great outreach efforts.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. As dental professionals, we have a unique opportunity to potentially save lives through screenings, early detection, and treatment. About 54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils, and tongue. A few resources to explore include the Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer from the American Dental Association and Oral Cancer Facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral healthcare is critical to overall health and well-being and these are all examples of the important role that we play in diagnosis and prevention as we train outstanding humanistic providers and achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." –Coretta Scott King

The American Dental Education Association has announced a call for Programs, Posters and TechExpo presentations for next year’s ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition, scheduled for March 11-14, 2023, in Portland, OR. Please take a look at the entry details and consider a submission so we can have a strong showing from the Dugoni School at the event. The Annual Session will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization. Submission details are available here.

Thank you to our CDA student leaders for stepping up to organize the recent CDA Contacts networking event last week and also to those who participated in the CDA Grassroots Advocacy Days. Our first-year student Kenza Schreiber was recently spotlighted in the CDA article “California dental students advocate for dentistry, patients during Grassroots Advocacy Days.”

We recently received some good news about an alumnus, Dr. Dan Hammer, who was selected as the HJF Hero of Military Medicine Navy Honoree. The HMM awards recognize outstanding contributions by senior leaders, medical professionals, and civilians who distinguished themselves through excellence and dedication to advancing military medicine and enhancing the lives and health of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, their families, and civilians. Read about Dr. Hammer’s path in the profession and service to others.

This Sunday, March 20, marks the first day of Spring and is also the celebration of Nowruz — the Persian New Year. This “new day” is celebrated by millions of people around the world. Thank you to our Iranian-American Student Dental Association (IASDA) for taking time to assemble the Haft-sin on the 1st floor in honor of the occasion. I am grateful that our Dugoni School family can celebrate Nowruz as my family did as I was growing up.

Haft-sin table at the Dugoni School

March 20 is also the celebration of World Oral Health Day, an initiative of FDI World Dental Federation, an organization that brings together the world of dentistry with the aim of achieving optimal oral health for everyone. A variety of resources are highlighted on the World Oral Health Day website so please check it out.

The American Dental Education Association Annual Session is taking place March 19-22 in Philadelphia and several Dugoni School students, faculty, and staff will be attending starting this weekend. Thanks to those of you who are participating and to the many who have been involved in and lead ADEA Section meetings or other activities. It will be a very special event for me as I will be moving into a new leadership role as Chair of the Board of ADEA for the coming year. It is always a privilege to represent our school and I am grateful for your support and participation.

This weekend, our CDE department is welcoming guests for the 3rd International Bone Symposium in Implant Dentistry being held March 19 and 20 at the school. Learn more about the program and the impressive list of guests speakers from around the world here. Thank you to all involved in organizing this special CDE opportunity.

Today, March 8, is the celebration of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. March is also Women’s History Month and there are a variety of events and activities being held locally and across University of the Pacific to mark the occasion.

Thank you to the women who are part of the Dugoni School family for what you do each day for the school, our communities, families, friends, and others in your lives.

We are fortunate to have many inspiring women leaders here at the Dugoni School and across the profession. Thank you to our American Association of Women Dentists Student Chapter for elevating and supporting each other through various initiatives and activities over the last  five years. Our DEI Committee also brings a spotlight to women during this month and throughout the year. At the local, state, and national level, we have seen Dugoni School women leaders rise and take key roles in many organizations, including the CDA, ADEA, and ADA. Thank you for serving the profession and inspiring the next generation of women dental professionals.

Over recent years, the percentage of dentists who are women is growing. The Dugoni School is part of that trend, and in recent years we have generally had a 50-50 gender split among our incoming DDS classes. Learn more about the trends in women in dentistry in this ADA article

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” –Maya Angelou

I am grateful for all of you who help strengthen our humanistic educational environment and sense of belonging so everyone who walks into our building is supported and empowered to be their very best.