As of February 1, 2023, indoor masking is optional, except in campus healthcare settings at Spelman College.

With indoor masking now optional, Spelman College COVID-19 Operations urges the campus community to be mindful of the following:

  • Faculty who are medically high-risk or immunocompromised and have been directed by a medical professional to take extra precautions may ask students to wear masks while in the classroom or instructional space.
  • Be courteous and respectful when entering campus classrooms or learning spaces whose instructors require mask wearing.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors should not come to campus if sick, unwell, or COVID-19 positive.
  • Always wear a mask during the 10-day COVID-19 post-exposure or diagnosis period.
  • Continue to wear a mask when in a campus healthcare setting.

For more information, visit Spelman’s COVID Path Forward page.

In honor of Black History Month, Spelman College honors the life and legacy of civil rights icon and alumna Rosalyn Pope, Ph.D., C’60. Her highly acclaimed work, "An Appeal for Human Rights," became the official manifesto of the Atlanta Student Movement and was instrumental in advancing efforts to end segregation.

Before writing the heartbeat of the Atlanta Student Movement – which was influenced by her time in Paris, France as a Spelman College student – Dr. Pope gained her original interest in activism when she was appointed as the president of Spelman’s Student Government Association. More than 60 years later, she became a staple of the Civil Rights Movement and continued to shape the goals and strategies of a new generation of student activists throughout the nation and the world.

Dr. Pope’s rich legacy continues to resonate, and she never underestimated the value of being a Spelman woman.

"We should never underestimate the great fortune that has befallen us in being a part of the Spelman family," Dr. Pope said in a 2016 interview. "The Spelman story is one of the country’s most inspired sagas, especially as it relates to women of color. It is to be cherished; it is to be told and retold."

Dr. Pope passed away January 18, 2023, at the age of 84.

To learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Pope, visit Spelman’s News and Events page.

Black American Portraits is coming to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art! The exhibit – co-curated by Liz Andrews, executive director of Spelman’s Museum of Fine Art, and Christine Y. Kim, the Tate’s Britton Family Curator-at-Large – pays homage to David C. Driskell’s curated exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, and will be welcomed to Spelman by way of a special opening reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

From artwork depicted by a range of mediums such as paint, print, photography and sculpture, Black American Portraits offers a juxtaposed view of the visual culture that often demonizes Blackness while highlighting emancipation, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Black Power eras, multiculturalism of the 1990s and the spirit of Black Lives Matter. The powerful exhibit also reframes portraiture through celebratory visuals of Black American subjects as the focus and places Black women portrait artists on the center stage.

To learn more, visit Spelman’s News and Events page.
Campus Highlights

Documentary production major Neema Griffin, C’2023, has been selected to the inaugural cohort of the Gotham EDU Executive Leadership Program. This initiative, in partnership with the Gotham Film and Media Institute and Soledad O’Brien’s SO’B Productions, provides undergraduate students of color identifying as women or nonbinary the opportunity to advance their careers in marketing, communications, and development within the film and media industry.

In addition to quarterly leadership and career development workshops that will focus on negotiating skills and emotional intelligence, students will get to network with the Gotham community, attend "Women in Media Salons" hosted by O’Brien, and receive one-on-one mentoring from the industry’s leading executives. This year’s mentors are Netflix’s Nyle Washington, Neon/Super’s Darcy Heusel and Firelight Media’s Chloe Walter-Wallace.

Griffin was one of three students selected from a competitive nomination process that included 28 students representing 13 colleges and universities. She is currently working on the production of her documentary film focused on the historical Igbo Landing site in coastal Georgia.

For more information, visit Gotham EDU’s page.

The Spelman College Office of Career Planning and Development (CPD) will host its Spring 2023 Career & Graduate School Fair tomorrow, Feb. 8, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wellness Center. Developed to help prepare students for future career opportunities and post-undergraduate studies, this event is open to all current Spelman students.

For more information, visit Spelman’s CPD page.

Save the date and tune in! On Thursday, Feb.16, at 10 a.m. EST, Spelman College will be featured in a special edition of ESPN's First Take – part of the
network's celebration of Black History Month and Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs).

During the program, viewers will hear our students share why attending an HBCU is important to them and ask host Stephen A. Smith questions related to the day's hot topics in sports.

For more information, visit the ESPN First Take Facebook 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 (Feb. 17-19).

Just a little more than a week away, Family Weekend is an exciting, fun-filled celebration for students, parents, families, friends and community supporters.

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
Precious Williams, J.D., C’2001, is helping women entrepreneurs and business leaders take their speaking skills to the next level as the founder and CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious.

In addition to teaching other leaders how to pitch and build sales programs, Williams is a world-class speaker and trainer for top brands such as BMW, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Harvard University, Spelman College and Yelp – just to name a few.

As a 13-time national elevator pitch champion and a four-time bestselling author with a career that spans over 25 years, Williams continues to revolutionize the pitching industry. Not only has she completed two TEDx Talks, but she has also appeared on various media platforms like ABC’s "Shark Tank," CNN, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Black Enterprise Magazine as well.

Known to be a trendsetter, Williams describes through her website how her success is a process that she must experience with her client, not simply teach.

"My secret sauce is that I can see into a woman and see exactly what her problem is. I can listen to her and hear what’s being said and what’s not being said underneath," said Williams. "I can take wherever she is right now and enhance that. The very thing she is fearful of, is the very thing that is her secret weapon."
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