March 14, 2022

Dear Spelman Family,

Unfortunately, racial hatred has revisited our community. Today, a bomb threat was lodged against our Atlanta University Center (AUC) partner, Morehouse College.

Thankfully, due to the expedient and cohesive response of each of our AUC public safety teams and the Atlanta Police Department (APD), we were able to confirm that the threat was unfounded, and the community was restored to normal activity.

As was the case during previous incidents, our public safety and public relations teams worked expeditiously to alert our community and provide clear instructions.

As distressing as these threats are, I continue to be reassured by the prompt responsiveness of our AUC public safety teams in partnership with the APD, which will be reinforced by the safety training opportunities we have launched for students, faculty and staff. We deeply appreciate the continuing support from friends in local and federal government.

Incidents, like these, have become far too routine and we recognize that this type of threat can induce stress. We take this time to encourage you to seek help if you are experiencing anxiety. Counseling Services are available for our students, and our chapel is a beacon of hope, faith and solidarity for us all. Faculty and staff may take advantage of our employee assistance program, which has counselors available 24/7.

During the last two years, I have watched this community survive and thrive in the face of adversity - undaunted. Let us continue our journey in solidarity together.

Stay safe and keep the faith.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, Georgia 30314

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