Eight years ago, a group of faculty from the Department of Biology and staff from the Office of Multicultural Affairs got together and began mentoring African American students who were majoring in the sciences, including aspiring doctors and researchers. The goal was to encourage them, enhance study skills and give them a greater chance to succeed.
The group quickly became organized into the Ernest E. Just Society and expanded to include chemistry, physics and nursing majors. Today they meet weekly, bring in professionals of color as guest lecturers and take science-related field trips.
And the work has paid off. Three of those first-year members—Adeleke Oni, Keyona Gullett and Emanuel Ofori—completed medical school and are now in their first year of residency.