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Dental Students Clean Up San Francisco Bay Shoreline at ASDA Community Service Event

Pacific and UCSF students at the shoreline cleanup.

August  15, 2011

In a spirit of partnership and in support of the environmental health of the Bay Area, student representatives from the city's two dental schools recently gathered along the San Francisco bay shoreline at India Basin to clean up the water and rid the shoreline of plastic pollution and other debris.

Working with Sea Scavenger Conservancy, whose mission is to support the health of marine ecosystems and people, students from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry partnered together in a day of community service. Students involved in the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) coordinated the volunteers for the event.

More than 20 students from the two schools met on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 13 to clean up the trash in a water recreation area used by local children. After the volunteers finished the clean up, children went kayaking in the bay and enjoyed a BBQ on the shore as part of an organized outing.

In affiliation with ASDA, a Northern California Community Outreach Coordinator is elected for each academic year to serve as an ambassador between the Dugoni School of Dentistry and the UCSF School of Dentistry. The goal of the coordinator is to bring the dental schools together through organized, community-oriented events. This year's coordinator is Kristen Hann, a Class of 2012 student at Pacific.

"It was nice to spend time with the UCSF students to support such a great cause," commented Hann.

ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 100% of DDS and IDS students are members of ASDA. For more information, visit http://www.asdanet.org.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu