Cora Ueland was founder and first director of the USC Dental Hygiene Program. She was director for 28 years, 1928-1956. Ms. Ueland received her dental hygiene certificate in 1920 from the University of Minnesota. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree from USC.
During her tenure at USC she served as ADHA President from 1929-30. During her Presidential Address at the 1930 ADHA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, she challenged the attending educators to “produce women who can educate and think in terms of highest service and that education is not a static thing, but is ever changing to meet the requirements of the people.” Her address further stated, “that we urge members of our profession everywhere that ours is a needed and important profession, and that our responsibility is as great as that of any other line of human endeavor.”
It was during her time at USC the Cora Ueland Loan Program was created for students to assist them in times of financial need. This loan program was transferred to CDHA and subsequently became a scholarship program which continues to this day.
To carry on the goal of Cora Ueland to support and encourage dental hygiene students, DHAI actively promotes and requests donations from anyone interested in dental hygiene students and education.