Student Groups mentored by ODA

SNDA Impressions Program Spring 2013

CDM SNDA chapter sponsors an Impressions Program for pre-dental students to visit campus for a day, learn about dental school, and make impressions in the pre-clinic lab.  One of the many SNDA events targeted at recruiting underrepresented minority students into dentistry.

Student National Dental Association

In collaboration with the CDM Office of Student Affairs, the ODA supports the CDM chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA).  This student-based organization, whose parent organization is the National Dental Association (NDA), has evolved into the multicultural community service organization for CDM students.  The SNDA at CDM also maintains its commitment to supporting underrepresented dental students, encouraging promising economically disadvantaged youths to pursue dental careers, and serving as a means for patient recruitment.  SNDA students sponsor and/or participate in numerous community service activities each year, including Give Kids a Smile Day, CU Smiles, Oral Health Teach-Ins, dental service trips to Jamaica (W.I.), and health professions career days. 

Student National Dental Association website:

Hispanic Student Dental Association

In Collaboration with the CDM Office of Student Affairs, the ODA supports the CDM chapter of the Hispanic Student National Dental Association (HSDA).  The student-based organization, whose parent organization is the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), has supported the global outreach mission of CDM to expand the CDM Global Externship Program to include dental service trips to Latin American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.

Hispanic Dental Association Website:

CUMC Queer and Ally Partnership- (LGBTQ)

The CUMC Queer and Ally Partnership is supported by the Center for Student Wellness, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied community at all Columbia University Medical Center schools. 

Their mission is to Promote and serve diversity, health, and wellness; Create safe opportunities to build a social network and community; Advocate for equality, visibility, and recognition.