On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the first general meeting of the GSDM chapter of the Asian Dental Student Organization (ADSO) was held for the 2012-2013 school year. The organization is relatively new to GSDM, with this being its second year on campus.
The mission of the ADSO is to promote collegiality and collaboration among dental students of Asian heritage. They are future health care leaders dedicated to promoting Asian culture within the dental profession. Through volunteer work, and group events, they strive to make a positive impact in their local communities while embracing diversity and cultural learning.
ADSO President Michelle Vo DMD 13, Treasurer Tam Nguyen DMD 13, and Faculty Advisor Kathy Lituri addressed the group, discussing last year’s volunteer efforts and plans for the upcoming year.
ADSO is focused on building membership and continuing its volunteer efforts. Three major events in which the members participate are the Wang YMCA holiday party, Tet in Boston New Year Festival in Dorchester, and Healthy Kids Festival at the Boston Children’s Museum. As the organization grows, it seeks new volunteer opportunities as well. ADSO also fosters relationships with comparable groups at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
“ADSO is a relatively new organization established with the vision of giving back to the Asian American community through service,” said Tam Nguyen. “As Michelle and I graduate, we would like to pass the organization along to students who display leadership, are passionate about their Asian heritage, and are motivated in serving the community.”