April 8, 2009
On April 2nd, Jennifer Rupp, an instructor at Briarcliffe College, kept her pact with 19 students from her Developmental Reading class by successfully obtaining donations in order to take them all to Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ to meet the three authors of The Pact.
The Pact tells the story of three high school friends in Newark who made a pact "to beat the streets" by sticking together…moving on to college…and studying to become doctors. The three African-American youngsters dealt with tremendous adversity and poverty to eventually become successful doctors, thanks to their support of one another. Now known as the "Three Doctors" they each pursued careers at prestigious medical centers, from Princeton and Columbia to St. Michael's Medical Center. Drs. Davis, Hunt and Jenkins have collectively told their tale in adult and young adult books, on Oprah Winfrey, in magazines, and through a documentary.
Rupp has seen firsthand the difference among her students after reading the book. Many who have struggled growing up identify with the authors' story and now attend class more frequently, complete assignments and join in class discussions. Inspired by this recent trip and the comments of one of the presenting authors, some Briarcliffe College students are now talking with Instructor Rupp about undertaking their own memoirs.
Instructor Rupp secured tickets for the students to attend the lecture as a donation from Hudson County Community College and the interest of Dawn J. Strain, founder and president of Long Island Elite, who arranged for refreshments and the travel to and from New Jersey.
Students from Briarcliffe College enjoyed a unique opportunity to meet authors of The Pact and have their book copies signed.
Front Row- left to right
Cesar Gomez, Dustin Good, Dawn Strain, Jennifer Rupp, Dr. Sampson Davis, Simone Troutman, Sade Troutman, Darius Nego, Martez Stanford
Back Row- left to right
Martin Nation, Lewquay Williams, Dr. George Jenkins, Dr. Rameck Hunt, Glenn Knoxx