Footprints on the Moon Consulting Services LLC. was established in 2021 in the Southern California region with a nationwide presence remotely by Dr. Julius C. Wiseman III, MBA, MPS, and a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy. Footprints on the Moon’s vision is to “Increase the overall representation of diversity in healthcare as professionals.” Their mission is to mentor, educate, prepare, and guide youth from underserved communities into the medical and dental sciences, as well as various other healthcare professions. Their tagline says it all “How can the sky be the limit when there are footprints on the Moon?”
As Julius shares, “At Footprints on the Moon Consulting Services, our goal is to help young people from underserved places into the medical and dental sciences and various other healthcare professions such as Audiology, Aerospace Physiology, Entomology, Environmental/Global Health, Psychology, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Information Management, Medical Technology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Industrial Hygiene, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Clinical Dietetics, and Radiation Health.” Their goal is to raise awareness about the different professional healthcare graduate school occupations and opportunities available to underserved communities fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion.
Early Opportunities, Motivations & Mentors: Life Growing Up
Julius was born in San Diego, CA, and raised in District 4. District 4 is known as Southeast San Diego. While all is not bad in Southeast San Diego, the area has long struggled with crime, substance abuse, gang violence, and poverty. The San Diego public school system provided him with opportunities to be mentored by his teachers. However, like many others, he had never heard of the many opportunities and occupations that existed aside from those associated with the labor force. When Julius was 17 years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy. The Navy provided him with a front-row seat to see the numerous pathways that he could take in his career. It also provided Julius with opportunities to expand his worldview through travel, and various technical and academic challenges. The values that have been instilled in him have been those by example. He has benefitted from being able to see various leaders perform at high levels.
Lieutenant Wiseman joined the United States Navy in April 2001, at the age of 17, in San Diego, California. His commands include the United States Navy Presidential Ceremonial Guard, USS CHAFEE (DDG 90), the Joint Task Force – Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion Guantanamo Bay, the Naval Medical Logistics Command, the Naval Expeditionary Intelligence Command, the Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit TWO, the Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, the 1st Medical Battalion, and the Naval Talent Acquisition Group Southwest. He has served four deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated second in his boot camp class, was appointed to the Presidential Ceremonial Guard in Washington, D.C., and was named Sailor of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
As Julius shares, “After 22 years of service as a healthcare professional, I realized that there was a void of children with backgrounds like my own in medicine. This led to me wanting to be the change agent that I wanted to see, thus creating a business that exposed underprivileged students with numerous educational accesses to opportunities that I did not receive as a child. Footprints on the Moon is largely marketed through social media. Starting this company was challenging due to the uniqueness of its purpose. There are many other organizations and businesses that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math at large, however, to my recollection there are none that provide the services that my company does. The company currently is servicing the needs of over 5,000 students within three school districts in the Southern California region.”