Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

The Student National Dental Association/Student National Dental Hygiene Association is an auxiliary of the National Dental Association, founded in 1914, and is the largest and oldest organization of minority oral health professionals in the world. The SNDA originated from dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970 and put together the foundation of what would become the largest minority student organization in the United States.  SNDA integrates minority students with minority dental health practitioners, with the ultimate goal of improving the health manpower distribution among the minority population as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services.


  • Promoting and encouraging the increase of minority enrollment and retention in dental schools
  • Educating its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of dentistry
  • Promoting a viable academic and social environment for minority students
  • Committing to the improvement of the delivery of dental health to all people, with an emphasis on minorities and the underserved

Major Events

  • Oral Cancer Walk - Held annually in the summer to increase awareness of oral cancer in the community. (June)
  • Impressions Program - Expose underrepresented pre-dental students to a career in dentistry and the application and financial aid process. This program allows such pre-dental students to learn about the hosting dental school network and to become a stronger dental school applicant. (October - College students & March - High School Students)
  • Taste of Diversity Dinner - Celebrate diversity by introducing a variety of foods and music from different cultures. (February)
  • Ladies Tea - To discuss diversity in the field of dentistry from a female perspective. Also the Tea celebrates the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. (January)