2024 ADEA Student Diversity Leadership Program

The 2024 ADEA Student Diversity Leadership Program will be a day and a half event at the 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA.

The program is for emerging student leaders from various backgrounds who have an interest in and a commitment to issues impacting a wide array of communities. The 2024 ADEA SDLP will focus thematically on dentistry’s role and responsibility in engaging public health emergency preparedness to anticipate and mitigate harm and advance health equity. Students will consider how the future of oral health can be guided by community engagement and justice.

Participants will engage in various presentations and activities to explore concepts of public health emergency preparedness from a variety of perspectives, with an emphasis on oral health care. Additionally, participants will consider the role of government and policy and the impact of social media on responses to and awareness of local, national and global health and oral health crises. At the end of the ADEA SDLP, participants will learn about the effects of disasters on oral health and dentistry and the relationships between community, ethics, justice and care.

Registration Process

Dental school deans and allied dental program directors are asked to support their students’ travel, lodging and ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition registration.

The target audiences for the ADEA SDLP are historically underrepresented and marginalized students in oral health education and/or students with an interest in advancing a humanistic and inclusive environment and health equity within their dental schools or allied dental programs, and serving vulnerable populations within their schools and communities.

Students who have never participated in the ADEA SDLP are preferred, although we leave the final registration decision to the discretion of the dental school deans and allied dental program directors.

Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Shelvia English, ADEA Senior Director of Access, Diversity and Inclusion, EnglishS@adea.org.

Preliminary Agenda:

Friday, March 8

7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

  ADEA Student Diversity Leadership Program
– Part I

Part I will include presentations, discussions and activities regarding public health emergency preparedness, dental impacts and disparities; community engagement in emergency preparedness; a panel on dentistry and diversity in disasters with local community members; resource allocation; and will conclude with a networking dinner.    

Saturday, March 9

8:00 a.m. – noon
  ADEA Student Diversity Leadership Program
Part II

Part II will include case scenarios and presentations and a culminating group project activity. The program will conclude with group presentations of the culminating project.  

Estimated Cost:

Travel and Lodging

Please visit the hotel and travel information page.

Student Registration Fees

2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Registration Information

Student Member $299
Student Nonmember $339

The eleventh annual ADEA Student Diversity Leadership Program will take place March 8-9, 2024 during the 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA.