What a great year! Spelman College made major strides in each of the four overarching areas central to its strategic plan, Spelman 2022: Imagine. Invent. Ascend.

Deliver the Spelman Promise: Realize 100% Student Success

The class of 2019 was stellar in every way with
478 graduating seniors. More than 10 percent of the class graduated Phi Beta Kappa—this is extraordinary! The class included Spelman’s sixth Marshall Scholar, and Fulbright and Goldwater scholars, and the captain of the 30th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament winning team. Click the image below to enjoy a selection of videos of some of our dynamic graduates.

Seniors graduated with plans to do everything from teaching first grade, building community gardens for seniors and serving in Teach for America to entering the U.S. Navy as commissioned officers and pursuing Ph.D.s!

Spelman alumnae across the country also made remarkable strides in scholarship and leadership. The College celebrated its first ever Schwarzman Scholar, one the most prestigious post-graduate fellowships in the nation.  Rev. LaKeesha Walrond, Ph.D., C'93, became the first woman president of the New York Theological Seminary, and Lezli Levene Harvell, D.M.D, C'2000, used her knowledge of food culture to host the popular Iconoclast Dinner, proceeds from the event go toward supporting young women from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries attending Spelman.
Elevate the Spelman Difference
Spelman had a record number of intrepid students  - 474 - who had global travel experiences to 33 countries. We celebrated, too, a landmark programmatic initiative that has kept Spelman at the forefront of excellence in STEM. The campus marked the 50th anniversary of the College’s longest standing partnership, our Dual Degree Engineering Program with 14 engineering partner institutions.
Spelman forged a number of new strategic partnerships this year that include the fields of computer science, biomedical research, art history, journalism, law and medicine.
  • Google Tech Exchange sent three students to spend a semester at the Google campus in Mountainview, California.
  • The Broad Institute Biomedical Partnership enabled Spelman students to work in labs investigating metastatic breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.
  • A Spelman student was awarded an opportunity to study abroad as an international fellow of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
  • The Army Research Lab awarded Spelman a grant to establish a lab in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • The Central Intelligence Agency established an agreement to provide supplemental instructors and new curricular offerings in Spelman’s Computer and Information Science Department.
  • Spelman sent five students to internships at IBM this summer.
  • A partnership with Syracuse Law School has been expanded to enable Spelman students to receive LSAT preparation at Syracuse before graduation and to finish law school one year early.
  • Spelman College Health Careers Program formalized an articulation agreement with the State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine in Syracuse, New York. The goal of Spelman-Accelerated Scholars Program ("ASP") is to recruit, retain, and matriculate interested and qualified undergraduates into the Upstate’s MD program.
  • The Health Careers Program will also collaborate with the Boston University School of Public Health Select Scholars Program to attract a diverse body of students to career options in the exciting and rewarding field of public health.

Faculty make the difference at Spelman and we are proud to congratulate our recently tenured and promoted faculty:

Enhance Operational Excellence
Thanks to the energetic efforts of Spelman trustees, the College has launched a technology fund to accomplish a major strategic goal—modernize and upgrade our technology infrastructure. The 25@25 initiative has nearly made its goal of having 50 alumnae participants! We appreciate the 48 alumnae who have given $25,000 each to raise $1.2 million. The upgrade of the College’s software platform, Ellucian Banner, has launched and a replacement of our fiber optic network is on its way as a result of this robust fundraising effort.

Promote Academic Innovation
This year, Spelman unveiled the preliminary design of our first new academic facility in 20 years. The Center for Innovation & the Arts will bring together the College’s strength in STEM with its excellence in the arts to create a space that cultivates creative and innovative ideas and solutions.
Our new Center will redefine Spelman’s relationship to the Westside community, reduce barriers to interdisciplinary discovery, and encourage students to boldly combine science, technology and the arts.
Celebrate New Gifts
Spelman received significant funding this year to impact diversity across numerous industries, improve our operational excellence, ensure academic innovation and expand our access to resources that document the African Diaspora.
  • Our newest group of alumnae, the class of 2019, showed appreciation for their Spelman experience before they even crossed the stage with 86 percent of the class making a gift to the College in FY19. Thank you, young alumnae, for your leadership!   
  • The entire Spelman community is appreciative of trustees Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C'96, Gena Ashe, C'83, and Cynthia Jackson, C'81 who spearheaded the 25@25 campaign.   
An American Odyssey 
As a former curator and museum director, I was thrilled to share my new biography of Romare Bearden with the on-campus Spelman community. A book tour took me from the Revolution Bookstore in Harlem to the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and back to Atlanta at the High Museum of Art. "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden" has been reviewed in a host of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The New Yorker. I am honored to be recognized as the Georgia Author of the Year finalist in the biography category.
Now that summer is upon us, we welcome to campus the students who are enjoying our slate of exciting summer programs and are preparing the way for the class of 2023!

Have a great summer,

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

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