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USC Dental Hygiene Student Elected ADHA Student Delegate

An Ostrow School of Dentistry student will be representing dental hygiene students throughout California and Arizona as the new District XI student delegate for the American Dental Hygiene Association.

Juliet Ebrahimian, DH 2012, will attend ADHA meetings in order to voice the concerns, opinions and ideas of fellow dental hygiene students in her district. She will also travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the organization’s Annual Session to be held June 15-21.

As part of the selection process, Ebrahimian wrote an essay on the importance of student involvement in ADHA.

“The students of today are the professionals of tomorrow. They influence and shape the Dental Hygiene profession, working to create, maintain, and improve the future of their profession,” she said. “I believe that in order for students to learn and become the best possible professionals in this field, they need to be aware of the changes, and the challenges, that will influence their future careers.”

She added that student input also helps the profession to evolve and adapt in response to change over time.

“The younger generations of members provide fresh, distinctive, and crucial ideas to an association that is looking to better itself,” she said. “Without a doubt, there is a dual benefit; the students and the ADHA both benefit from each other.”

“The faculty and myself are very proud to have Juliet represent the students of California and Arizona,” said Diane Melrose, chair of the Dental Hygiene program. “It is important for students to be involved in advancing our profession, and it is very rewarding to see one of our students motivated to lead the way.”