The University’s Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) chapter, who focuses on service, leadership, education, and advocacy in Baltimore’s Hispanic community, was named National Student Chapter of the Year by the National Hispanic Dental Association in September.
Health Fairs Screen Kids and Community Members
In September the chapter held a health fair at Wolfe Street Academy, where 90-plus children from kindergarten through fifth grade were screened for oral cancer and any conditions needing immediate attention. In November, HDA volunteers screened and educated 70-plus community members of all ages at the Langley Park Health Fair.
The HDA chapter at UMB primarily serves the Hispanic community, but most of the members are not Hispanic. They learn key Spanish dental terms during lunch-and-learns to promote inclusiveness.
“It’s an honor for our HDA student chapter to be awarded with this distinguished MLK recognition,” says HDA President Richard Duarte, DDS ’15. “We continuously strive to serve the local Hispanic community while maintaining a diverse group of members. We are thankful for our dedicated volunteers and supporters for their continued efforts toward our organization’s goals and overall mission.”
Award Presentation at Black History Month Celebration
The awards will be presented at the University’s Black History Month celebration on Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium.
Registration is required by Feb. 3.
For more information, please contact UMB’s Office of Protocol and Special Events.
MLK Diversity Recognition Awards
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. Each year, UMB schools and administrative units are asked to nominate individuals or groups who have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at UMB. The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.