Dental Hygiene, Students

Dsouza Selected as Student Delegate for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

Roxanne Dsouza, a second-year student in the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (MSDH) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been selected to serve as the American Dental Hygienists’ Association District IV Student Delegate.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to represent District IV as a Student Delegate for the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA),” said Dsouza. “I look forward to advocating for my profession as a current and future leader in dental hygiene education at the ADHA Annual Conference in June.”

In this role, Dsouza has been appointed to lead in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. She will have the opportunity to represent student members of the ADHA, and also sit on the House of Delegates floor during all three meetings, including attendance to the ADHA Annual Conference this June.

“Roxanne exemplifies leadership and advocacy for both our profession and school in this new role,” said Jennie Brame, RDH, MS. “She is passionate and dedicated to lead a positive change in dental hygiene education. I am so excited to see her impact as a future educator and leader.”

Dsouza earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the UNC-CH School of Dentistry in 2016. Her thesis project titled, “Promoting Foundations for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Oral Health in Nursing Education,” implemented an interprofessional educational experience for UNC-CH nursing students.

Her thesis committee chair is Jennie Brame, RDH, MS, associate professor and director of the Graduate Dental Hygiene Education Program, in the Department of Dental Ecology; other committee members include Rocio Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Sara Hubbell, DNP, RN, NP-C from the UNC-CH School of Nursing.

Dsouza has been accepted to the doctorate in Adult and Community College Education Program at North Carolina State University and will begin this summer.