First-Year Students Serve Community and Build Relationships at Class Retreat

August 17, 2015


University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's newest DDS and IDS students joined forces with several San Francisco non-profit organizations as part of the first-year student retreat held August 13-14. This annual tradition is a great opportunity for the students to get to know one another, bond as a class and give back to the community. 

On August 13, students participated in a variety of volunteer activities at local nonprofit organizations including the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Glide, Project Open Hand and the San Francisco Food Bank. They helped with a range of tasks such as gardening and weeding, preparing meals for the hungry and homeless, and packaging bulk food for distribution to the underserved.

The second day of the retreat was held at the Officer's Club in the historic Presidio of San Francisco, a park and former military base. The students heard nationally known speaker Gary Zelesky give a motivating presentation about being a passion-centered professional. The afternoon featured team-building activities, including a scavenger hunt throughout the park. The day finished with a sunset dinner cruise around the San Francisco Bay.

Take a look at the photos here.


Categories: Community Impact, Students