Dr. Mawuli Jones Brosius appreciates SCC education

Dr. Mawuli Jones Brosius appreciates SCC education

CAPTION: Mawuli Jones Brosius, a 2008 SCC graduate, earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University in May 2014. She has begun a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.

After migrating at age 17 from Liberia, Dr. Mawuli Jones Brosius used the strong academic foundation she received from Salem Community College to earn a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree.

The United States provided the stability that she and her family sought. “I was born on the west coast of Africa, in Liberia,” said Brosius. “My country suffered almost two decades of civil war. Consequently, I spent the majority of my childhood seeking refuge in many western African countries including Ghana and Guinea.”

Growing up, Mawuli developed a passion for the arts, such as painting and writing poetry, and science. After she and her family moved to Delaware, she enrolled at SCC in 2004 at the suggestion of her mother, Florence Jones, who was an SCC student at the time. “She enjoyed the individualized attention she received from Salem, as well as the support,” recalled Brosius. Mawuli has fond memories of SCC for the same reasons. “Each instructor was instrumental to my educational development,” she recalls. “I got individualized attention, which was beneficial in strengthening me academically. SCC gave me a strong foundation, which enabled to excel in a four-year university.”

She offers the following advice to prospective SCC students:  “Salem Community College offers the foundation and tools to pursue whatever career you choose, through a vigorous curriculum, yet with the individualization and support, only possible in such an intimate environment,” Mawuli said. “Students should definitely take advantage of it.”

Outside the classroom, she became a leader in SCC’s award-winning chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. Then-advisor Bessie “BJ” Ayars made a lasting impression on Mawuli, who is also grateful for the enduring friendships.

After graduating from SCC with an associate degree in mathematics/science in 2008, Mawuli transferred to Temple University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. In May 2014, she graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree and began a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.

Growing up in Liberia sparked her interest in medicine. “After many years of civil war, the entire health care system in Liberia was in a terrible shape,” she recalled. “Sadly, mothers and their children bear the biggest burden in this weakened health care system. She explained that working with underserved residents in the Delaware Valley kindled her interest in managing high-risk pregnancies. “Therefore, I plan to pursue a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine after completing residency,” she said. “In essence, medicine is an avenue for me to have an impact on people in a positive way.”

Mawuli and her husband, KLA Brosius, have an infant son. KLA is pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Wilmington University. Mawuli’s mother earned her SCC degree in Practical Nursing and later received a BSN. Younger sister Apulia Jones, a former SCC student, recently started her career as a RN.