Dr. Kamal Khan is the Director of the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS)—an academic support unit within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus—as well as an Associate Professor for the Department of Africana Studies and the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University. For over 30 years, Dr. Khan has dedicated his professional career to undergraduate instruction and academic development in efforts to increase and retain the number of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students at Rutgers who pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Since Dr. Khan’s arrival at Rutgers, he has worked tirelessly to expand the university’s graduate pool of professionals and strengthen the country’s workforce by increasing the number of physicians, nurses, dentists, engineers, and mathematicians serving and diversifying the field.
Dr. Kamal Khan brings to his position a professional degree in medicine. His excellence as an administrator is based in his dedication to student advancement in the sciences and his commitment to demonstrate the effectiveness of support programs for underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students. Dr. Khan believes that, “in order to motivate a student you need to build a rapport with the student that consists of trust, relationship and confidence.” A Rutgers alumnus himself, he is known for his “tough love” for the students, which is exactly the kind of attitude that encourages students to go on to professional health education.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-7532
Jonathan has received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University—New Brunswick and he is currently in his dissertation phase of his Ed. D. program where he is studying the effects of Supplemental Instruction on First Year General Chemistry students. Jonathan is a diligent, proactive, and versatile higher education professional with over a decade of experience in management and student counseling. He is an effective, results oriented leader with a proven track record of effectuating grade productivity and graduation efficiency. Jonathan is a strategic planner with an acute acumen for analyzing complex academic scenarios and increasing operational and organizational efficiency to promote academic achievement. His areas of expertise are in leadership, student rapport, pedagogical theory, and administrative oversight. Jonathan is interested in learning to understand and use theories and research methods to meet the challenges of practice, particularly those related to equity and social justice in education.
Jonathan and his wife Sarah, reside in Morristown, New Jersey with their beagle, Bailey. Jonathan is a faithful contributor to the Beagle Freedom Project (http://bfp.org/), as well as Animal Rescue, Media & Education foundation (http://armeteam.org/)
Office Phone Number: 848-445-1548
Tiffany received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University- New Brunswick and a Master’s degree in Human Services with a Specialization in School Counseling from Capella University, graduating summa cum laude. In addition to receiving her license in school counseling, Tiffany also received certification in elementary and special education in the state of New Jersey. As a first-generation college student herself, education has been at the forefront of all of Tiffany’s personal and professional goals.
She began her time with ODASIS serving as the Developmental Specialist of High School Programs, where she had the privilege of working with high school students from the New Brunswick Public School district. Through her guidance and direction, students saw statistically significant increases in their SAT scores and subsequently increased acceptances to colleges and universities; each year Tiffany was proud to have students accepted to Ivy League schools and reach their personal goals and aspirations. Her successes and effective leadership with the high school programs later afforded her the opportunity to work with first-year students in the ODASIS undergraduate chemistry programs, where she now serves as Assistant Director.
Tiffany and her husband, Kareem, reside in Spotswood, New Jersey along with their dog, Jeter (named after the best baseball player in Yankee history). Tiffany is also the proud parent of Andrew and Essence, who both reside in Florida, giving Tiffany the opportunity to unwind and relax in the sunshine state.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-3491
Developmental Specialist for Biology
Yayoi Kumata received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick, NJ where she double majored in Nursing and Psychology and minored in Chemistry. Yayoi has 10 years of teaching/tutoring experience in various math and science subjects such as Calculus, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Anatomy and Physiology as well as various standardized tests such as MCAT, DAT, and OAT. She has been awarded the Top MCAT Instructor award and Top Graduate Instructor award from her previous employers and her strengths in teaching stem from her ability to break down difficult concepts into simple explanations that build on fundamental concepts.
Yayoi has clinical experience in various medical settings which she shares with her students who are also interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Since most of the students at ODASIS are pursuing a career in healthcare, Yayoi’s experience in the medical field as well as her expertise in all the sciences benefit the students. Since her students are mostly first-year students, as a Developmental Specialist, Yayoi focuses on developing the students’ study skills, time management skills, and organization skills to ensure success for her students in both current and future courses.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-5668
Developmental Specialist for High School Programs
Sandile Manzini received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Centenary University and his Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2017. Throughout his career he has worked in many youth programs including the RU Ready for Work Program at Rutgers Newark, being a Career Development Counselor at Job Corps in Edison, NJ and now working with High School Students from New Brunswick, NJ.
As the Developmental Specialist for the High School Programs here at ODASIS, Sandile feels it is a pleasure to help encourage youth from underrepresented communities to pursue STEM fields. Sandile is ecstatic to be working with the High School programs as he was born and lived in the city of New Brunswick, NJ.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-0104
Developmental Specialist for Upper Level Sciences
Chirag Patel is a recent graduate of Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as a Learning Assistant under Dr. Mary Emenike from fall 2014- spring 2015, where he received pedagogical training in teaching. He has also been working under Dr. Robert Boikess as a Teaching Associate for Organic Chemistry since 2013. Working as a Teaching Associate he has mastered the art of Organic Chemistry that will best help the ODASIS students. His experience with Rutgers University since 2011 as a student and teaching assistant benefits the students.
As a Development Specialist, Chirag develops new innovative ways for students to learn the material for difficult upper level courses such as Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Physics, Biochemistry, and Systems Physiology, which allows students to succeed in their courses. He works with professors, and instructors to create a syllabus and lesson plan for each of the courses in which he oversees to ensure the over 200 students each semester are prepared for the courses. He works with professors to bridge the faculty student gap with large classroom sizes.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-9514
Shama is a graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics with minors in English and Physics. She originally joined the ODASIS team as an Administrative Assistant, and has enjoyed providing programmatic support and taking on a more comprehensive role as Administrative Coordinator for the office. During her time at ODASIS, she has honed her expertise in the efficient planning and execution of logistical and administrative functions.
Prior to working at ODASIS, Shama worked for the Monmouth County Park System as an Assistant Naturalist, where she had the opportunity to lead nature walks, boat tours, and conduct animal presentations with turtles, frogs, snakes, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches, among other animals native to the local ecosystem. She is passionate about the environment, equality, and social justice.
Shama strives tirelessly to ensure the success of all programs and initiatives for the office. Her greatest joy on the job is being able to support the goals of the ODASIS students.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-9515
Tracy Bush is the new Administrative Assistant in ODASIS. Not new to the University by any means, she started her career with Rutgers in 2004 utilizing her administrative skills across various departments such as the SAS Dean’s office, Residence Life and Athletics.
In 2015, she temporarily relocated to North Carolina where she continued working in Higher Education at Shaw University of Raleigh, NC. Tracy returned back to NJ in March of 2017 and Rutgers University welcomed her back into the work environment through the Graduate School of Education on College Avenue Campus in June 2017.
In her free time Tracy loves writing. Tracy is a published co-author of two international best seller books. She enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren and owns an online jewelry store.