Leaders of the NYUCD Student Community Service Committee, all from
the Class of 2008, clockwise, from bottom left: Marcus Johnson,
President; Betsy Duell, Treasurer; Sheena Lambert, Secretary; Vu
Le, Vice President; Victor Moisseev, cofounder and Class President.
Mr. Marcus Johnson, '08, the first recipient of the Gerald W. Deas
Scholarship, has received an initial grant from the American Medical
Student Association Foundation to implement an outreach initiative
that he designed to encourage underrepresented youngsters in New
York City public schools to follow in his footsteps.
"Although much effort has been put into encouraging minority
youth to pursue careers in medicine, there has been less effort
to stimulate interest in dentistry," observed Marcus, who is
President of the NYUCD Student Community Service Committee, an outreach
program he started during his freshman year with Victor Moisseev,
president of the freshman class. Together with more than a dozen
other NYUCD students, Marcus put together the award-winning grant
proposal, entitled "Operation Dental Success," under the
guidance of Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz, Director of Public Health and Health
Marcus says that the initiative honors the vision of the Deas Scholarship,
and adds that "It's never too early to start talking to young
people about their future."
Operation Dental Success will kick off in fall 2005 with a presentation
to grades six through 12 at the School of the Future on East 22nd
Street that will feature motivational speeches by Marcus and other
NYUCD minority students, oral hygiene demonstrations, and toothbrush
and floss distribution.
Marcus hopes to secure additional funding to enable him to implement
the program at three other area schools -- the Simon Baruch School,
the School for the Physical City, and the Community Preparatory High