Take Back the Night honors dental school graduate

Take Back the Night honors dental school graduate

Take Back the Night honors dental school graduate

Take Back the Night

Dental students and faculty helped lead the procession at the annual Take Back the Night march and rally, a campus tradition since 2001 to protest sexual and relational violence, while honoring those who’ve been victimized.

Joining a number of other campus units and organizations, members of UofL’s chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) marched in honor of May 2017 graduate, Claire Van Landingham, D.M.D., Lt. U.S. Navy, who died Jan. 3 when she was gunned down in North Chicago by an ex-boyfriend.

“Take Back the Night is for those who have been through or lost someone through domestic violence, our involvement honors Claire's memory by supporting others going through this, as well as trying to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future,” said Monali Haldankar, third-year dental student and secretary of UofL’s AAWD chapter.

The event also lends a voice to individuals like Claire.

“Claire was a light to the world, someone who unconditionally cared for others,” said P. Gay Baughman, D.M.D., UofL’s AAWD chapter faculty advisor. “She had an enthusiasm for life that couldn’t go unnoticed and she touched the lives of so many.”

A lieutenant in the Navy Dental Corps, Claire was assigned to the U.S.S. Osborne Dental Clinic at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, where she provided dental care to recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes.

During her time as a dental student, Claire served as a community service representative for the DMD Class of 2017. She was an active member of UofL’s Hispanic Student Dental Association and represented the dental school in the 2016 Poland Exchange Student Program. A leader in UofL’s chapter of AAWD, she participated in the 2016 Take Back the Night event.

The primary organizer of Take Back the Night, the UofL PEACC Center concentrated this year’s event on the theme, ‘To Rise Again’.  Other sponsors included The Center for Women and Families, UofL Athletics, UofL LGBT Center, UofL Student Activities Board, UofL School of Public Health Student Government Association and UofL Women’s Center.

March 30, 2018