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  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to Deliver Commencement Address to the Spelman College Class of 2019

    Apr 22, 2019

    ATLANTA (April 22, 2019) – The Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, current mayor of Atlanta, has been named keynote speaker for the Spelman College 132nd Commencement ceremony. The 60th Mayor of Atlanta will address 474 graduates in the Class of 2019 and 9,000 of their family and friends on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Mayor Bottoms will also receive the National Community Service Award in recognition of her service as a lifelong public servant and commitment to addressing local, state and national issues.

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  • The Atlanta University Center Consortium Celebrates 90 Years of Collaborative Learning

    Apr 05, 2019

    ATLANTA (April 5, 2019) – The Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s oldest and largest association of historically Black colleges and universities in the country, marked 90 years of excellence in higher education this week.

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  • Spelman to Compete in 30th Annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, April 13-17

    Apr 03, 2019

    ATLANTA (April 03, 2019) ‐‐ Spelman College will compete against teams from 47 historically Black colleges and universities during the 30th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. The competition will take place April 13-17 on the American Honda campus in Torrance, California. In addition to the championship title, the winning team will receive a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

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  • Briya Todd Becomes Spelman College's First Frederick Douglass Fellow

    Mar 27, 2019

    ​ATLANTA ( March 27, 2019) – A Spelman College student has been selected as one of 10 students across the country to earn the prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship. As a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, Briya Malia Todd, C’2021, has received as full scholarship to study abroad program in London this summer.

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  • Spelman College Joined in Second Annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill

    Mar 08, 2019

    ATLANTA (March 7, 2019) – Spelman College joined other historically Black colleges and universities, science and engineering industry leaders, and congressional leaders in the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill. Co-sponsored by the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus, the event brings together education and industry leaders and members of Congress for a collective day of advocacy for our nation’s 102 HBCUs and their 300,000 students.

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  • Spelman College Recognizes Georgia Congressional Lawmakers Included in First UNCF HBCU Congressional Honor Roll

    Mar 05, 2019

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 5, 2019) —Spelman College joins the United Negro College Fund in recognizing Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and other members of Congress who have supported historically Black colleges and universities.

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  • Spelman College Student Among Inaugural MEPE Program Cohort to Increase Minority Entrepreneurs From HBCUs

    Feb 18, 2019

    Destinee Filmore, C’2021, is among the 25-member cohort of the Mary Ellen Pleasant Entrepreneur Fellowship program. The MEPE Fellowship, an outgrowth of a partnership between The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and minority-owned recruiting marketing platform, The Whether, is part of a $775,000 Innovations in Career Advising grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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  • A Selection of Spelman College’s Newest Gifts and Latest Acquisitions are Now on View

    Feb 14, 2019

    ATLANTA (February 14, 2019) – “Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection,” a selection of the Spelman College’s newest gifts and latest acquisitions, is now on view at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Organized by the Museum’s Curator of Collections Anne Collins Smith, C’96, the exhibition features a selection of works by critically acclaimed artists Mequitta Ahuja, Firelei Báez, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Nandipha Mntambo, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Deborah Roberts, Berni Searle, Carrie Mae Weems, Billie Zangewa and many others. It also presents a work by Louisiana Bendolph, one of the quilters of Gee’s Bend, which is a recent gift from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Featuring paintings, textiles, photographs, sculptures, and video, “Presence” will be on view from Jan. 31 through May 18, 2019, concurrently with “Amy Sherald.”

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  • Spelman College Receives $327,000 Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop Community Archives Through Partnership Between HBCUs and Historic Black Towns

    Jan 30, 2019

    ATLANTA (January 30, 2019) – Spelman College has received a $327,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to create community-based archives cultivated through partnerships between historically Black colleges and universities and the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance. The award will support an inaugural summit between six HBCUs and six communities within the HBTSA, a nonprofit organization founded in the spirit of historic and cultural preservation for Black communities.

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  • Spelman Receives $900K From Lilly Endowment For Black Millennial Woman Minister Sisterhood Development

    Jan 14, 2019

    ATLANTA (January 14, 2019)— Spelman College has received a $900,000 grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its Thriving in Ministry initiative. The funds will be used to establish a fellowship and programming that provides leadership development, mentoring and relationship building among Black millennial women ministers.

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