Fourth-year student Gabriel Dawson received a Volunteer Service Award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the UW Health Sciences Center on Jan. 16.
Dawson was cited for his leadership in the School of Dentistry’s student-run Husky Smiles organization, which provides education, cavity screenings, fluoride treatments and referrals to low-income children in the community. As co-president for 2012-2013, he helped lead an expansion of the Husky Smiles event schedule to reach more children. He also instructed fellow dental students on performing knee-to-knee dental exams, recognizing decay and reassuring parents.
The annual service awards, given to individuals and groups from each of the UW Health Sciences schools, honor recipients who exemplify Dr. King’s principles through:
- Commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income
- Development and implementation of significant programs to improve the human condition
- Outstanding efforts to protect and empower all individuals