In August, Spelman rolled out the blue carpet for members of the Class of 2019, welcoming nearly 600 students and their families for New Student Orientation. During NSO, students bonded through several activities that included team-building exercises, convocation, first-year student induction and more. Be sure to check out the NSO photo gallery below.

Professor Krishna Foster at Cal State L.A. Bioscience lab. Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Cal State L.A.

Chemistry professor Krishna Foster, Ph.D., C’92, has been recognized among “100 Inspiring Women in STEM” by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for encouraging and inspiring young women to pursue careers in science. An advocate for women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Dr. Foster serves as associate director for the Minority Opportunities in Research Programs at California State University, Los Angeles.  She and other award recipients are featured in the September issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.


Lieutenant La’Shanda Holmes, C’2007, the U.S. Coast Guard’s first African-American female helicopter pilot, has been appointed to the 2015-2016 class of White House Fellows by the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. After growing up in the foster care system, Holmes put herself through college, became a pilot, and amassed over 1,500 flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter drug and law enforcement missions. The Bonner Scholar was previously stationed at Air Station Atlantic City as an aircraft commander and managed over 6,800 flight hours for the Coast Guard’s largest MH-65 helicopter unit. She deployed five times to Washington, D.C., as a Rotary Wing Air Intercept pilot, where she supervised an 18-member team and sustained two strip alert aircraft to defend the president and the nation’s capital in support of Operation Noble Eagle.




Spelman College 134th-Founders Day



Amidst a sea of black gowns that will fill the Georgia International Convention Center during the Spelman College 2015 Commencement ceremony on May 17, attendees will see a large swath of powder blue tassels hanging proudly from the mortar boards of some of this year’s graduates. The tassels symbolize their participation in the Senior Legacy Giving Campaign, an initiative to create awareness within the senior class about the importance of giving back to Spelman.

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With a name that means “a beautiful tree with strong roots,” Banah Ghadbian, C’2015, stands as a proud warrior for social justice whose impact is felt throughout the Spelman College community. A scholar-activist since arriving at Spelman, Ghadbian has brought awareness of global women’s rights, the crises in Syria and Palestine, as well as sexual violence on college campuses. Her passion also shows up around educating individuals about issues of racism and other injustices.

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Research Day 2014.2

rise_researchday_winners2When Lindsay Stanford, C’2015, began her academic journey at Spelman College, she knew she wanted to leave an indelible mark upon the world by conducting ground-breaking research that would impact the lives of future generations. As one of 200 students who presented during Spelman’s 2015 Research Day, the biology major is moving closer to her goals and enjoying the rewards bestowed upon those who demonstrate scholarship and research excellence.

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President’s Safety Net

CourtneyMack-GleeClubThe President’s Safety Net Fund, Starfish Initiative Scholarship has literally transformed dreams into a reality for hundreds of Spelman College students. Created in the spring of 2008 to assist students who were negatively affected by the economic downturn, the Starfish Initiative has continued to help students who otherwise would not be able to complete their Spelman education.


As a result of this initiative, Courtnie Mack, C’2015, will be able to graduate with her class on May 17. Mack said that support from the President’s Safety Net Fund and other financial assistance she has received from Spelman throughout her time at the College has afforded her experiences that shewould not have had at any other institution. Read more…


As the campaigns for the next president of the United States begin to coalesce, veteran political strategist Donna Brazile will deliver the keynote address at Spelman’s 128th Commencement. The founder and managing director of Washington, D.C.-based Brazile & Associates LLC, and the first African American to run a presidential campaign, will also receive an honorary degree during the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 3 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center.

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Since 2004, Travis Tatum, Ed.D., has been immersed within the Spelman College community. In the last few weeks he’s been attending numerous celebrations of his wife, Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum, who will be retiring in the summer of 2015. As her tenure ends, Dr. Travis Tatum is reflecting on the more than a decade he has spent on campus.

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Cuba Flag

This winter break, Spelman is taking part in its first faculty-led study trip to Havana, Cuba.

Held through Dec. 18, 2015, and sponsored by the Education Studies Program, the academic tour is in support of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which is designed to enhance student learning with global travel experiences. The Spelman group, comprised of 19 students, one alumna, and two faculty members, will be guided by Global Exchange, an international human rights organization that promotes social, economic and environmental justice around the world.

Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Education Studies Program, directs the Cuba initiative. She said the trip complements the EDU 222 Global Education course, which examines the historical, cultural, economic, sociological, philosophical and political understandings of schooling and education from a global perspective.

The majority of the student participants are either Education Studies Program majors or minors – many of whom are preparing for careers as teacher leaders. While in Cuba, the students will visit an elementary school, a performing arts high school, and the site of a home school-learning program to gain insight about Havana’s education system as it intersects with political and cultural structures.

“Although a few Spelman students go to Cuba through our study abroad partners, such as CIEE, this faculty-led program provides another opportunity for a large number of students to reflect on their identity and interact with other Blacks in the Diaspora,” said Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education and professor of international studies.

“This study trip is a response to students’ desire to connect with the African Diaspora and enables them to examine critical issues regarding how access and structure of the educational system impact the life chances of people in a global comparative context. The Cuban educational system provides an intriguing, fertile ground for study.”


On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Spelman College faculty, staff and students will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Carol Concert Preview at 11 a.m. in Sisters Chapel.

Narrated by Cassi Davis, C’2009, the preview concert is free and open to the public.

The Spelman community will also join the Spelman College and Morehouse College glee clubs for some holiday cheer at the 89th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol concert on Friday, Dec. 4, in King Chapel at Morehouse; and Saturday, Dec. 5, in Sisters Chapel at Spelman. Both concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary ticket is required for Saturday’s performance, which will also be streamed live at www.spelman.edu.

The final performance will be held at Morehouse College on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Each show is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reserve your free tickets by Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Ticket Alternative.