Involvement with Students
The Office of Multicultural Affairs extends their services to aid with pre-professional and professional clubs at the university. We have an open door policy, creating an environment conducive to educational advancement. By facilitating outreach projects and mentorship experience for our students, we help foster meaningful experiences.
The Director of Multicultural Affairs serves in the capacity of advisor for UDM Student National Dental Association/Student National Dental Hygienists’ Association (SNDA/SNDHA). Our office teams up with SNDA/SNDHA for major events, including Women’s High Tea, Taste of Diversity, and Oral Cancer Walk.
Pre-Dental Student Association
The Director of Multicultural Affairs serves as the dental school advisor for the Pre-Dental Student Association (PDSA). PSDA meets on the McNichols campus the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month. By acting as a liaison between PSDA and the dental school, we are able to bring various dental specialists to PSDA meetings. Dental school faculty discuss their dental specialty and review case studies. Recently we have begun our Shadowing Program, facilitating shadowing experiences for members.
Lesson in a Lunchbox
Dr. Deirdre Young, Director of Multicultural Affairs, teamed up with the Maryland Children's Oral Health Institute aiding in the delivery of "Lessons in a Lunchbox" initiative to Plymouth Educational Center in Detroit. The Maryland Children’s Oral Health Institute (MCOHI) is a 501(c)3 organization created to combat dental neglect and oral abuse among children. MCOHI’s goal is to improve the attitudes and behavior of children and families on a variety of oral health issues through early health promotion and disease prevention education. In response to the numerous health and behavioral issues seen in children with dental caries, Pediatric Dentist and CEO of the MCOHI, Winifred Booker, created the "Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks" program to ensure teachers, parents and children are all working together to help eliminate this potentially deadly, yet completely preventable, disease.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is one of the many dental schools participating in this program. The "Lessons In A Lunchbox" program was first introduced to UDM School of Dentistry through a recent graduate, Sarah Kwang, DDS. UDM dental students, hygiene students, and the Pre-Dental Society spent an afternoon in February reviewing oral hygiene instructions and assisting 1st-3rd graders with assembling their lunchbox tool kit. Over 300 students were elated to receive a lunchbox containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, facts about healthy snacks and a carrot carrying case.