The Department of Physics is celebrating its first inductee into the Alpha Phi Alpha intercollegiate fraternity for outstanding African-American students. Its membership includes the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Now it includes Jimmy Stringer. The physics major, who also is completing minors in math and natural science, joins several other inductees from Xavier, including Black Student Association president Alex Allen-Tunsil, who was inducted with Stringer in March, and students Anthony Brown and Aaron Marble.
The fraternity was founded in 1906 at Cornell University as a support group and haven for African-American college students. Today its values of excellence in leadership, scholarship and integrity live on in its inductees. Stringer, who graduates in May and is applying to graduate school to study medical physics, is president of the Black Greek Council, co-chair of the Black Student Association cultural committee, and, since his induction, is treasurer of the fraternity’s Sigma Gamma chapter at Xavier.
“We’re very community-service oriented and we do social things like voting drives,” Stringer says. “We went to a local high school to mentor them and show them that black men are capable of going to college. People are really excited to see us because this image of black men is not what the media portrays. It really gives them courage. They start thinking, now that’s a possibility.”