Spelman COVID-19 Operations has released its Spring 2023 COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance.

Since 2020, the Spelman community has embraced a culture of compliance with protocols, evident through relatively low on-campus COVID-19 positivity rates over the past two years. As the spread of COVID-19 persists and subsequent variants emerge, the revised guidance and protocols – influenced by research and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), and localized data specific to the AUC community – will allow Spelman students, alumnae, faculty, staff and visitors to stay safe and healthy as they continue to navigate this pandemic.

Highlights of the new guidance include the continuation of indoor masking through Jan. 31, updated on-campus student testing guidance, and important changes regarding visitor access to campus.

For quick reference, Spelman COVID-19 Operations has developed a multipage document detailing updated protocols that can be saved and printed.

For more information and campus efforts to manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, visit

Campus Highlights

Spelman College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, hosted by the Bonner Office of Civic Engagement, encouraged students, faculty, staff and alumnae to strengthen service values by creating positive and impactful contributions in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, 200 members of the Spelman community teamed up to complete trail maintenance at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) and the Beltline with Trees Atlanta, conduct campus beautification projects at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy and W.J. Scott Elementary School, orchestrate spring planting preparation at the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum, and assemble 160 school bags filled with school supplies for students in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs – along with the Clayton State University Choir and the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church Choir – also gathered for the Lift Every Voice and Sing: Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. The concert also featured the world premiere composition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Spelman Glee Club director, Kevin P. Johnson, DMA.
Spelpreneur is back and ready to help students take their business ventures to the next level!

Ernest Homes, co-founder of nonprofit CODEHOUSE and technical program manager at Google, will introduce the 10-Day Startup Competition at the spring informational session for Spelpreneur on Jan. 24.

This is a co-curricular initiative that allows students to develop a strong business acumen through one-on-one mentorship and weekly educational sessions with successful entrepreneurs. Spelpreneur educates, inspires and empowers students, and it is open to all current Spelman College students.This semester, Spelpreneur will offer two diverse programs: the Spelpreneur Start Program, which focuses on increasing a student’s knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship, and the Spelpreneur Pre-Accelerator Program, an empowering eight-week program that gives early-stage companies the opportunity to build a viable product a tool used to identify customers’ interest without developing the full product.

For more information, visit Spelman’s Spelpreneur page.

Spelman College Career Planning & Development (CPD) has a full slate of events for students to participate in during the Road to the Career & Grad School Fair week (Jan. 23 - Feb. 10).

Starting with an informative student town hall meeting, the week centers around preparing students for future career opportunities and post-undergraduate studies and culminates with the 2023 Career & Graduate Student Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wellness Center. Other events include a gap year workshop, mock interviews, the Spelman + JC Penney Suit-Up Event and a resume and personal statement workshop.

For more information, visit Spelman’s CPD page.

Spelman College’s Division of Student Affairs would like to extend a warm welcome and invitation to you and your family to join us for Family Weekend 2023 (February 17-19).

Family Weekend is an exciting, fun-filled celebration for students, parents, families, friends and community supporters.

The weekend is packed with a variety of activities and events that provide a glimpse into the campus life and student experience at Spelman College. There are several live virtual events and experiences for the entire family to enjoy including tours of the campus, the wellness program and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; the President’s Breakfast and the annual Family Weekend BBQ.

Family Weekend is always a wonderful time for everyone on our campus to connect and learn more about the Spelman experience.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Spelman’s Family Weekend page.

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
Kelly Veney Darnell, C’91, was recently named as the Interim CEO for the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), an organization supporting bipartisanship and well-informed policy solutions by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security and opportunity for all Americans. In addition to this new appointment, Darnell will continue to serve as the BPC’s chief operating officer (COO).

Following her time at Spelman, and after receiving a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland and a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, Darnell started her career as a legislative assistant for the DC Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Her expertise in local government and federal policymaking eventually led to her notable role as the federal affairs director for the City of Atlanta as it prepared for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Prior to her time at the BPC, she held similar roles with the Executive Leadership Council, United Way of the National Capital Area and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education in Washington, D.C.

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