Hello SNDA Family!
My name is Kamal Smith and I am a fourth-year dental student at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry. I am honored to serve as your 2022-2023 National President of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA).
I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, and I am a proud alumnus of Duke University. I have served SNDA on the local, regional, and national levels for the past 4 years. I am excited to use my experience, skillset, and vision to now lead on the national level. Our organization has a rich history of creating impactful programming, promoting diversity, and cultivating professional development within the dental community. My 2022-2023 strategic plan aims to build on this legacy and take SNDA to new heights.
As President, I work alongside our national executive team to implement my strategic plan for the 2022-23 year entitled: Go Further Together. This title originates from one of my favorite quotes, the African proverb “If you want to go fast go, alone. If you want to go far, go together.” With this spirit of collaboration and intentionality, our core initiatives this year include implementing a national SNDA Mentor-Mentee Program, business-focussed office hour sessions for our members, regional continuing education styled courses, and a national SNDA database to help connect our members. Continuing to foster a collaborative professional relationship with the NDA and USNDA is also a core goal for this year. We will build upon our HBCU Connect Program and various professional development programming with the goal of increasing the
presence of underrepresented minorities entering dental schools across the nation. Through consistent communication with our local chapter Presidents, we will design systems and programs that will create impactful learning spaces designed for the personal, social, and professional growth of our members. Our approach will be vision-oriented, strategic, and measurable, always keeping our core values of integrity, service, and excellence at the forefront.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions to help move SNDA forward. Let’s Go Further!
University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry
Class of 2023