I am Rachel
“Rachel” (center) speaking at an Arise, Awake and Act Against Sex Trafficking panel discussion in January at Spelman College.

I am passionate about empowering women through media. During spring break, instead of sunning on the beach I used my communications skills to provide visibility to a cause that is dear to me – helping to stop the trafficking of girls. The Girl Power Agency, a full-service communications firm where I have worked as a summer intern, enlisted my services to secure promotion of Georgia Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 244 otherwise known as the Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law. Read more…



Through a series of documentaries, the SIS Oral History Project will present The Yesterday Elders Experienced, Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. The first documentary, “Little Rock Central Fifty Years Later,” begins with a testimony from one of the “Little Rock Nine,” in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center LL32. Admission is free. Please RSVP “I WILL BE THERE” to, or




toni-cade-bambara-150x150Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Annual Conference, ‘Black Women’s Lives [and Liberation] Matter!’

In its 14th year, the Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Annual Conference will be held March 20-21 in the Women’s Research and Resource Center. Named after the prolific Black feminist scholar, writer, filmmaker, editor, teacher and activist, whose papers are housed in the Spelman College Archives, some topics explored include Black Women’s Lives in the Archives; State Violence and Police Brutality; Reproductive Justice; Trans-formations: Personal Narratives of Gender Fluidity. The opening celebration March 20 will feature artists Maren Hassinger and Aku Kadogo. On March 21, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. M. Bahati Kuumba at



CherryBlossomCherry Blossom Festival

It’s an annual festival that celebrates the beauty and culture of Japan. The event enhances the Japan Studies Program at Spelman through hands-on learning of origami, ikebana (flower arrangement), basic Japanese expressions, calligraphy, karate, Mai (classical dance) performance, folk dance, and traditional Japanese toys. 

The daylong campus event also features sushi-making demonstrations and samples. Held March 25-26, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tinaz Pavri at

sleep tightStudents adore and crave sleep. When we asked hundreds of you what you’d love to be doing right now, sleeping ranked second — behind only “being with someone I love,” and ahead of eating delicious food, having sex, and other pleasures.

Every time we sleep, we’re taking a luxury nano-vacation. We are “constantly refreshed by little holidays from ourselves,” wrote Iris Murdoch, the English philosopher and author. Read more…

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