Successful First HDA Regional Student Conference Hosted in San Antonio

The Hispanic Dental Association Hosted the
First HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX. April 1, 2014—The Hispanic Dental Association Student Chapter at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School hosted the first 2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference. The students participated in leadership workshops and student panel discussions featuring postgraduate residency program directors and residents from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. The conference focused on prepare students for leadership and community engagement in the HDA core areas of service, education, advocacy and leadership.

More than 50 dental and hygiene students from Baylor College of Dentistry, UT Health Science Center at Houston and San Antonio participated in the conference. The Hispanic Dental Association organized the event in partnership with student, professional and faculty HDA members in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston with support from P&G and Crest Oral-B. Dr. Adriana Segura, Trustee of the Board of HDA and Associate Dean for Student Affairs chaired the Regional Conference Committee to promote student engagement and inclusion.

“The event allowed for students to wrestle with leadership questions they don’t typically encounter until after graduation. This event encouraged many students to change the way they approach leadership and see themselves as proactive game-changes now in their communities and chapters,” said David Peña, CEO and Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association.

Attendees reported that the conference exceeded their expectations, with 80% agreeing with the statement that because of this conference “I am more driven to promote the HDA’s mission of Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.”

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The Hispanic Dental Association is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to eliminating oral health disparities in the Hispanic community by providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership. We are the leaders for Hispanic oral health providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership.

For event photos, please visit HDA’s Facebook page.