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Spelman College Hosts Breast Health Symposium to Discuss Inequities in Awareness and Focus Share a Spelman College Press Release

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Mashaun D. Simon
Spelman College
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Dove Marketing
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Women's Resource Research Center SpelmanATLANTA (Nov. 9, 2018) – Spelman College will serve as host to a symposium on breast cancer and its impact on Black women, Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 pm in the Women’s Research & Resource Center.

The symposium is part of an overall breast health educational campaign, launched by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and Immunomedics called, “Breast Health and You.” The program targets historically Black colleges and universities and seeks to correct the disparities of breast cancer education and the lack of discussion on how the illness impacts Black women.

According to the CDC, African-American women under the age of 35 have breast cancer rates that are two times higher than Caucasian women of the same age. Furthermore, young African-American women are three times as likely to die from breast cancer as Caucasian women of the same age.

“The Women's Research and Resource Center is thrilled to host this symposium on Black women and breast health,” said Kristen Abatsis McHenry, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Comparative Studies. “The symposium is an opportunity for Spelman student ambassadors to lead the way in raising awareness of breast cancer in Black women.”

Spelman is one of two pilot schools for the program designed to engage students to serve as campaign ambassadors to execute symposiums, walks and social media outreach. The Spelman student ambassadors are poised to generate awareness of breast cancer and arm their sisters with life-saving information. Bowie State University is the second institution.

“We are excited to bring this educational forum to HBCUs,” said Lezli Baskerville, Ph.D., NAFEO president. “Spelman is well positioned to embrace this learning opportunity for such an important issue.”

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The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education is the 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit umbrella organization of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Founded in 1969, NAFEO is the only membership association of its kind, representing the presidents and chancellors of the diverse black colleges and universities: public, private and land grant, two-year, four-year, graduate and professional, historically and predominantly black colleges and universities.

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The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation® is dedicated to supporting TNBC-specific research and to providing meaningful programs and services to the TNBC community.

About Spelman College 
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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