Global ocean exploration nonprofit OceanX recently announced a historic partnership with Spelman College to offer students an in-depth experience with ocean exploration and marine science and operations. The partnership underlines OceanX’s efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and serves to bridge existing gaps in the marine sciences by equipping Spelman students and faculty with resources and opportunities across four core areas: OceanX’s Young Explorers program, employment opportunities, research and curriculum development and partnership building.

"Our collaboration with OceanX’s Young Explorers has opened up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for Spelman College students to combine scientific exploration of our oceans with cutting-edge media techniques to bring discoveries back to humanity for greater understanding," said Jerry Volcy, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Spelman Innovation Lab. "This formal partnership will ensure our students benefit from the experience – both on the ship and in our classrooms – for years to come."

Through its signature Young Explorers program, OceanX selects students to embark upon an educational journey aboard OceanXplorer, its one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production, and exploration vessel, during which they learn about the convergence of captivating media and ocean exploration, research and operations. The OceanX-Spelman partnership ensures that at least one Spelman student and, space permitting, one professor, will participate in Young Explorers in 2023.

The OceanX-Spelman partnership will extend beyond academia, creating employment opportunities at OceanX for Spelman students, along with an ongoing exploration of other opportunities for collaborations.

To read more, visit Spelman’s News & Events page.

On February 16, federal, state and local elected officials; business leadersentrepreneurs; faculty gathered at the Spelman College Innovation Lab for a roundtable discussion centered on how the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE) will expand wealth-building across the Black community. Spelman and Morehouse College students also got the chance to showcase their work and get first-hand access and feedback from these top leaders.The roundtable was moderated by Samantha Tweedy, CEO of the Black Economic Alliance, and included Spelman President Helene Gayle, Isabella Casillas Guzman, 27th administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Wally Adeyemo, deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury; U.S. Representative Nikema Williams (GA—05); Christopher Nunn, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; and Grant Warner, the inaugural Bank of America Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the CBE.
Inspired by the discussion’s tone of hope and optimism, President Gayle spoke to the limitless potential this historic moment influenced."We really think the CBE can be something for the whole nation, and hopefully and potentially, for the world," she said. "This center really focuses on this issue of economic equity through entrepreneurship in a way that I think can move the needle not only for our campuses, not only for our city, but much broadly than that. I am excited for what will be created."

To learn more, visit Spelman’s Center for Black Entrepreneurship page.

Recognizing Black History Month, Spelman’s Spelpreneur program hosted a chat with a panel of five creative innovators in the Black Hair Care industry. Speakers joined virtually for the hour-long event, bringing students and guests a wealth of knowledge coming from the fields of entertainment, STEM and entrepreneurship.

Moderated by Alana Burrell C’2023, the event’s panelists provided attendees with resources and tips on how to enter the ever-changing hair industry. Celebrity hairstylist Nicole Mangum encouraged students to know their craft, practice great professionalism and network. Founder and CEO of Rebundle, Ciara Imani May expressed the importance of good marketing and being your own case study. May said, "Don’t be afraid to be your first customer."
Lesia Mescudi, Owner, U Salon in Buckhead, offered advice on valuing yourself as an entrepreneur in the hair space. Reminding students to focus on their craft and invest in themselves, Mescudi also pushed for continuing education in the industry.

Candace Mitchell Harris, co-founder and CEO of Myavana shared technology trends to be on the lookout for in the hair industry, such as virtual reality, healthier heat styling tools and companies like ShearShare, which allows you to rent salon suites or barbershop stations almost anywhere.

A history lesson was also shared by panelist, A’lelia Bundles. Bundles is the great-great-granddaughter of entrepreneur, Madam C.J. Walker and is the brand historian for MADAM by Madam C.J. Walker, a line of hair care products developed in partnership with Sundial Brands and Walmart.

"At a time when most Americans didn’t have indoor plumbing or electricity [Madam Walker developed] a shampoo and an ointment that was like Vaseline. [The ointment] had sulfur, that healed scalp disease," said Bundles.

The historian revealed the secret to the longevity of the Walker brand. Bundles said, "Clean, healthy scalps created an environment where hair could grow. That really is the cornerstone of who we are. Our scalp to strand system."

That system, influenced by the groundbreaking work of Walker, is still in use today. The hair care system consists of a shampoo, conditioner and an ointment.

Spelpreneur is a co-curricular education initiative that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation at Spelman College. Spelpreneur educates, inspires, and empowers students. It is opened to all current Spelman students.
Campus Highlights

To commemorate Heart Health Month, join Spelman Wellness for a "Fun" Walk around the Oval on February 25, at 5:30 p.m.Cardiovascular disease remains one of the most widespread and complicated health challenges in the United States and around the world. It is also important to note that most cardiovascular-related deaths and health problems disproportionately affect people of color, especially in the Black communities.The "Fun" Walk will offer attendees a great opportunity to get their blood flowing, de-stress, and meet others interested in exercise and personal fitness.For more information and resources, visit the Spelman Wellness page.

The Spelman College Innovation Lab will bring together 250 students, industry partners, and educators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the south-eastern region for the inaugural HBCU Game Jam at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314) from February 24-26.

This first-of-its-kind 48-hour hackathon is a beginner-friendly event where student teams compete for industry-sponsored prizes, engage in networking opportunities with representatives from the gaming and technology industries, and attend skill-based workshops that will feature mentors to teach everything they know about making games from scratch.

Students will also gain experience in applying their computer science and design knowledge by building a video game in 24 hours. While students work to complete this challenge, they will enjoy a DJ-fueled jam session to boost motivation and various interactive activities such as an E-Sports competition, a table-top gaming station and an HBCU photobooth.

To learn more, visit the Innovation Lab’s Game Design Studio.

Applications for Global Health Corps (GHC) 2023-2024 U.S. Fellowship Cohort are open! The nonprofit rooted in health equity efforts is seeking 30 emerging leaders working in U.S. public health to join its global community of changemakers.

Through the 12-month fellowship, Fellows will sharpen their leadership and management skills, extend their professional network, improve their understanding of the U.S. health system through a global lens and leverage their impact to build a more equitable health system. In addition, Fellows will join GHC's alumni community – giving them lifelong access to GHC's network, continuous learning and professional support.

Applications for the GHC 2023-2024 U.S. Fellowship Cohort will be accepted through Friday, February 24, 2023.

For more information, or to apply, visit the GHC U.S. Fellowship website.

It’s a great time to work at Spelman College! With a variety of perks and benefits for staff, including tuition waivers, health and wellness resources, and a beautiful, historic campus, Spelman is more than a place to work.

The Spelman College Division of Institutional Advancement is seeking motivated candidates to fill the following positions:

To apply, or to learn more about these and other positions, visit

Alumnae Spotlight
Filmmaker and photographer Gabrielle Morse, C’2022, will have her film, "Bug Hill," premiere on WABE’s new series, "Atlanta On Film," on February 27, at 10 p.m. EST. As Morse makes headlines in the film industry, she continues to dedicate her time to honing her skills as a creative visual artist.

Her work has not only been recognized through the Bronze Lens Film Festival, the New York International Women Festival, and the Green Screen Film Festival; she remains an art highlight throughout several publications.

Even with an award-winning career as a filmmaker, photography has always remained the root of her passion for art. As she once described in a 2020 interview with VoyageATL Magazine, her art represents a form of her legacy.

"Photography is a medium that came naturally to me. It is a way to capture a moment in time, but also make it a moment all your own," Morse explained. "By being able to create these scenes and share them with others, I feel like I am leaving some kind of mark on the world, proving that I was here."

To learn more, visit Morse’s website.
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