RSVPs are now being accepted for the next American Dental Education Association/American Association for Dental Research, ADEA/AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on April 8, 2014. The event will take place in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. This one day event has been designed to provide the dental education and dental and craniofacial research communities an opportunity to advocate before Congress in support of our issues. There will be a short program on issues of importance to academic dentistry, with guest speakers from the academic and dental and craniofacial research community, and greetings from several members of Congress. Immediately following the program, participants will proceed to members’ offices for meetings. Your participation is invaluable, as an expert in the field of academic dental education and/or dental and craniofacial research, to educate members of Congress. The value of constituents personally interacting with members of Congress cannot be over-stated—there is no substitute for direct constituent contact; as we say in Washington, “if you are not at the table—you are on the menu.” Therefore, we trust everyone will make plans to participate in this important event.
Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is open to all ADEA members. If you cannot attend, please encourage a colleague or students from your institution to attend the event. ADEA will assist in arranging hotel accommodations and provide information regarding congressional members who represent your institution in order to facilitate scheduling meetings—please contact Yvonne Knight, J.D., ADEA Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Governmental Relations at KnightY@adea.org for further information and for assistance with hotel reservations contact Jessica Vatnick at VatnickJ@adea.org. In the meantime, please save the date, April 8, 2014; we look forward to seeing you in Washington.