Emmitt R. Jolly Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease
"The Biochemistry of Life: A Model of Diversity"
Dr. Emmitt Jolly has been involved in issues concerning minorities and education since he was in high school, where he began giving motivational speeches and talks to junior high students in poor and at risk schools. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow and a UNCF/Merck Dissertation Fellow at UCSF and finished his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology studying gene expression and transcriptional regulation during meiosis.
Jolly was founder and president of the Student Literature Redistribution Project, an organization focused of donating scientific journals to schools and universities in need. He served as president of the Black Student Health Alliance for two years and oversaw numerous health related and community related projects including Health Education Day in which students from local high schools were brought to campus to learn health careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and medical/ basic research. His numerous endeavors led to him being honored with the USCF Chancellors Dr. Martin Luther King Award in 1999. Emmitt Jolly is committed to increasing diversity in science and science related areas.
Mae Jemison, MD
First African American Woman in Space;
Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies
"Science and Technology Advances and Innovation through Diversity: People, Perspective and Purpose"
Mae Jemison received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1981. Dr. Jemison has practiced medicine as a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee camp and as a medical officer with the Peace Corps in West Africa. She was working as a general practitioner in Los Angeles, California when NASA selected her and 14 others for astronaut training. Dr. Jemison completed her training as a mission specialist with NASA in 1988. In September of 1992, as a mission specialist aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to enter space.
In 1993, Dr. Jemison resigned from NASA and founded the Jemison Group, Inc. Among her current projects are several that focus on improving healthcare in Africa and advancing technology in developing countries.
Joy R. Bostic, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies.
"Justice-Making and the Beloved Community:
The Power of Diversity in University Circle"
Dr. Bostic graduated with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2006. In New York City, she also taught courses in theology and religion at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. In addition, she coordinated the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and served as the Executive Director of the African American Task Force on Violence Against Women, a community-based organization in Central Harlem.
At Case Western Reserve, Dr. Bostic's teaching focuses on such areas as African American religion and culture, religion and healing, and issues in social justice and urban religion. Her scholarship includes essays, edited works and contributed chapters on mysticism, contemporary religious thought and practice, and womanist/feminist perspectives in religion. She is currently working on a book about mysticism, activism and nineteenth century African American women.
Joy R. Bostic received her B.A. from Indiana University in 1987 and a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University in 1990. In 1993, she earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and was ordained a Progressive Baptist minister. While attending Garrett, she also served as a Research Assistant with the Religion in Urban America Project (an ethnographic study funded by the Lilly Endowment) housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.