The James Brister Society


Named after the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1881, the James Brister Society (JBS) seeks to improve the quality of the campus experience for students, faculty and administrators of color. JBS, established originally as the Committee for Minority Permanence, has worked to promote diversity since 1993.

Mission Statement

The James Brister Society is a diverse group of University of Pennsylvania alumni volunteer leaders. These leaders, by power of their example, support and promote the University of Pennsylvania's efforts to attract, encourage, and maintain a culturally diverse community of faculty, students, administrators, staff, and volunteers, thus enriching the University community as a whole.

Questions about Brister? contact Marvin Rocha, Director Multicultural Outreach, 215-898-6168.

Learn more about James Brister, D.D.S. 1881.