Baruch Auditorium was brought to life by LaDavia Drummond Just’s keynote speech at the College of Pharmacy’s Black History Month seminar on Thursday, Feb. 28. Students and faculty were inspired not only by Just’s joyful attitude and change-making mindset, but also her thoughtful advice and life story.
Just is a graduate of the Executive Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the MUSC College of Health Professions. She also earned a doctorate of pharmacy from the MUSC College of Pharmacy. She credits her success to miraculous provision saying, “I’m here today because people pulled me up from where I was going.” She encouraged audience members to accept help from those who see their potential and to pay it forward when they are in a position to help.
Just advocates that you must “bloom where you are planted”; to look at every experience as an opportunity to engage, be present, and connect. She reminded the audience not to look at opportunities as a means to an end, but as stepping stones to an adventure that could lead you places you never thought possible.
Just never thought that she would be awarded a Fulbright grant to help open a pharmacy school in Uganda, but life works in unexpected ways. If she hadn’t taken detours, like accepting a job with PipelineRx or becoming an adjunct faculty member at Virginia College, her life wouldn’t be the same.
After her speech, College of Pharmacy Dean Philip D. Hall congratulated Just on her success, saying, “We are looking forward to hearing about your adventures in Uganda.” Those adventures start at the end of the month, when Just leaves for East Africa for nine months.
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