Spelman College recently received a $10 million gift from Rosemary K. and John W.  Brown to further the College’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

"We deeply appreciate Rosemary and John Brown, and our Board member Janine Brown, for their support of Spelman College and this gift, which takes us a step closer to making the Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the Arts a reality for our campus and surrounding community," said Helene Gayle, M.D., MPH, president of Spelman College. "This investment is a testament to their continued commitment to supporting the education of women, as well as revitalization in the West End community."

The Browns' gift will support the architectural, construction and equipment costs for the new Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the Arts, scheduled to open in the fall of 2024. The Center will serve as a learning-hub for entrepreneurs and innovators and house Spelman’s arts programs and Innovation Lab, giving students access to more cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. The facility will also allow numerous arts departments across the campus to gather collectively under one roof and form an energetic community of innovators, collaborators, artists, musicians and scientists.

"We are pleased to support Spelman College and the transformational educational experiences afforded to Spelman students, especially in the STEAM areas. We have long admired the work of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, and she in particular has inspired us to make this gift to the Center for Innovation & the Arts," said Rosemary and John Brown.

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

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art has partnered with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective to host "Black American Portraits: A Symposium" on Mar. 2-3 in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium.

A key highlight of the symposium will be the opening conversation moderated by author Naima Keith and featuring artists Bisa Butler, Calida Rawls and Amy Sherald. This conversation will take place Thursday, March 2, at 4 p.m. EST and will be available livestreamed via Zoom.

This symposium debuts shortly after the exhibit was unveiled for the first time at Spelman’s Museum of Fine Art on February 8. Co-curated by Spelman’s Museum of Fine Art’s Executive Director, Liz Andrews, and Tate’s Britton Family Curator-at-Large, Christine Y. Kim (both formerly of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Black American Portraits reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces – this time placing Black women portrait artists center stage.

For more information, and to register for the livestream, visit

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The Home Depot’s Retool Your School is back! Now through March 26, you have the opportunity to cast your vote and help Spelman College receive Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant funding to upgrade campus infrastructure.

Developed to benefit the nation’s treasured Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Retool Your School program is 14 years strong and is strengthening the literal and figurative foundations of historically Black learning spaces with each passing year.

To learn more and cast your vote, visit the Retool Your School website.

On February 23, Spelman College hosted an HBCU Drive-In Conference to discuss the theme of "Spelman College Moving from Crisis Management to Student Success: Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Community, and Wellness."

The conference also hosted Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Fort Valley State University and Albany State University.

Special highlights from the day included various speakers from the Spelman community, such as Jilo Tisdale, the director of the Bonner Office of Civic Engagement; and Neal Scott, the assistant director of wellness, as well as the vice president for student affairs, Darryl Holloman, Ph.D. Additional speakers from the event featured Kevin Kruger, Ph.D., the president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Tim Bono, Ph.D., professor of psychology and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Save the date! On Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wellness Center, Spelman College American Red Cross HBCU Ambassador Lauren Jackson, C’2024, and partners Delta Airlines and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive – giving Spelman students, faculty and staff an opportunity to do their part to save a life.Participants will have a chance to win a $3000 Visa pre-paid card plus receive a $20 Amazon e-gift card and a $10 Visa pre-paid card via email. Individuals planning to donate blood are urged to eat iron rich foods, drink plenty of water
, and get good rest prior to donation. Student ID is required to participate.

For more information, and to learn more about this effort, visit the American Red Cross HBCU Ambassador Program 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
Cynthia H. Bowman, C’91, will continue to drive strategy and leadership in her new appointment as chief diversity and inclusion (D&I) and corporate social responsibility officer at Bank of America.Before Bowman joined Bank of America in 2007, she received an additional B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in industrial engineering and earned her MBA in organization behavior and operations from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.Through her work, leading programs, initiatives and policies that support the bank’s workplace and recruitment strategies, Bowman has garnered various awards. Such accolades include being recognized as one of "North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders" by Hive Learning in 2021, being named as Black Enterprise’s "Top Executives in Corporate Diversity" from 2017-2019, and being acknowledged as one of 2019’s "Top 100 HR Influencers" by Engagedly.Additionally, she serves as a Board of Trustees member for the Midwestern Region of the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Forte Foundation. She is also a member of the 30% Club steering committee and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) advisory board.

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