Written By: Kaitlin Jasper
Kaitlin was the 2017-2018 Secretary of Marquette ASDA and will continue her position in the 2018-2019 academic year.
- 66 chapters of ASDA meet to elect our new ASDA national leaders for 2018-19
- National leaders to be elected include the President, two Vice Presidents, and the Speaker of the House
- Each chapter gets 2 delegates to vote throughout Annual Session on new policies and resolutions that our organization stands for
- Voting on new policies and resolutions provides a platform for uniting the ideas and stance of the 24,000 dental students that ASDA represents
- Annual session offers unique breakout sessions for attendees to tailor to their interests within and outside of the organization
- Gold Crown Awards are held to recognize chapters for a variety of successes and achievements throughout the past year
Want to know
- The new 2018-2020 strategic plan that will be introduced by current national leaders and carried out by our new elected ASDA leaders
- The process of voting on policies and resolutions
- Who will be our next ASDA national leaders??
- Who will win the gold crown awards??
- Some highlights in ASDA this past year:
- Partnered with ADA for the first integrated lobby day to for changes in policy
- Launched ASDA’s first service week
- Expanded communications with social media and Contour
- Expanded wellness initiatives
- The 2018-20 strategic plan for ASDA was introduced with 4 main goals:
- Develop standardized leadership training and programming for chapter and district leaders to ease the transition of leaders from year to year
- Evaluate ASDA’s current business model and strategize ways to achieve financial sustainability in the organization
- Evaluate current member benefits and offer changes to increase the value of ASDA membership
- Promote the importance of ASDA to dental school administrations to increase support of student involvement
- Policies and Resolutions:
- ASDA is governed by the house of delegates, which is made up of 2 representatives from each school
- Resolutions and policies are discussed and voted on the floor via parliamentary procedure to ensure every voice is heard
- Parliamentary procedure is run by the Speaker of the House
- On Friday of Annual Session, there are reference committee hearings that allow for discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed resolutions
- Opinions of all attendees are welcome at this time, even if you are not a credentialed delegate.
- After the reference committee hearings, there are reference committee business meetings to discuss any proposed changes.
- On Saturday, resolutions are opened up once more for a house debate and then voted on. Anytime a vote is occurring, there needs to be a quorum.
- A quorum is a minimum number of delegates needed to be present to ensure we are representing the larger population of dental students.
- The quorum is 2/3 or in other words, a minimum of 87 delegates need to be present to hold a vote.
- For the resolutions that brought no discussion during the reference committee hearings, a consent calendar is created.
- This consent calendar puts together all of these non-contentious resolutions to be voted on at the same time.
- Most of these resolutions tend to be wording changes so the one vote consent calendar is created to be more efficient.
- Once resolutions are voted on, these do not immediately become law, but rather serve as a guide for leaders to advocate on behalf of ASDA’s stance at events like Lobby Day at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
- Elected Leaders:
- The candidates for the executive committee and Speaker of the House go through a pretty stringent process before the voting begins.
- The candidates make speeches expressing who they are and what they stand for to all 600 attendees.
- Then, each district has a unique interviewing process to get to know the candidates further.
- The first vote held is for who the 3 executive members will be.
- The second and final vote determines which of the top 3 becomes the President, and the remaining two will become the Vice Presidents.
- Our new 2018-19 elected president is Roopali Kulkarni
- Our 2018-19 vice presidents are Alexandra Howell and Jeffrey Kerst
- Another vote is held for Speaker of the House. Our 2018-19 Speaker of the House is our very own Ryan Twaddle!
- Candidates running to be the next team of district trustees then interview within their district and a vote is held. Our next District 7 Trustee is our very own Tyler Robers!
- Gold Crown Awards
- It was inspiring to see all of the accomplishments and goals reached by so many different chapters that won a gold crown award.
- It was also so exciting and motivating to witness Marquette winning both the Best Use of Chapter Video award and the Ideal ASDA Chapter award!!
Finally, I learned that Annual Session is a ton of fun! It is a packed weekend full of meeting new people, interesting breakout sessions, fun themed social events, passionate speakers, motivated attendees, united change, and lots of celebration. If you’re looking for a boost in ASDA fever, Annual Session is a great place to look!
Contact Kaitlin at Kaitlin.Jasper@mu.edu