ADEA Staff Response to COVID-19 for Members

To Our Members: We’re Here for You

ADEA is here for you and ready to listen to your needs during this unprecedented time. We encourage you to join ADEA Connect and take advantage of the COVID-19 Response community to share effective practices, support each other and learn new ways of doing what our community already does so well—deliver high-quality dental education. Together, we can come through this crisis stronger than ever.

On March 13, all ADEA staff transitioned to telework. Although we are not in our physical headquarters, we are available to support our predoctoral, allied dental, advanced dental education and corporate members and will continue the ongoing work of the Association.

The list below shows the projects we’re currently working on. We’ll update the list as the days progress. If there is something not listed that you’d like ADEA to consider, please let us know by reaching out to LaKecia Easley, Director of Membership, at

ADEA Staff


Note: The following list is not in order of priority.

ADEA staff are:

  • Monitoring all ADEA Connect communities to understand our members’ challenges, provide support and curate and post the most effective resources available.

  • Holding Zoom meetings with member groups and among staff to ensure continued dialogue and address specific projects or issues.

  • Devising a plan to allow secure and accurate voting for our Board of Directors, Councils, Sections and SIGs.

  • Researching new technologies to provide future meetings and professional development resources virtually.

  • Evaluating which of our future meetings should be cancelled, rescheduled or conducted in a virtual format.

  • Developing webinars and workshops to facilitate learning, COVID-19 response and engagement initiatives.

  • Working diligently with our vendors related to the cancelled ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition to mitigate the costs to our members and the Association.

  • Engaging with accrediting and licensing bodies to discuss developing a plan to ensure our students can complete their programs and attain licensure in a timely manner.

  • Meeting regularly with our counterparts in health professions and education associations to share information.

  • Advocating on Capitol Hill for inclusion of nonprofits and dental schools in government financial assistance.

  • Keeping abreast of federal and state compliance-related topics and best practices impacting dental education.

  • Evaluating ways to efficiently and effectively support ADEA student programs and services.

  • Providing information to ADEA student chapters and the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows to address students’ concerns.

  • Monitoring topics and sharing best practices to assist ADEA members in responding to incidents of COVID-19 bias, bullying and harassment on their campuses.

  • Working with foundations, associations and other organizations to monitor and provide strategies related to funding, alternative programming models, and student participation in summer pipeline and pre-professional programs.