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Spelman College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
350 Spelman Lane S.W.
Box 277
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
(404) 270-5193
Email address
School Information
"Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, we became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and we are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today our student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 43 states and 10 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. We are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of our students. Spelman is proud of its 76 percent graduation rate (average over six years), one of the best in the nation, but our support doesn’t stop once you step on stage to take your diploma. Our global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement" (Source: Spelman's student to faculty ratio is 10 to 1 and the college offers 35 majors in 18 fields of study.
General Information
Spelman offers resources for racial justice and has released a BLM statement curated by faculty and staff. In addition, the Museum of Fine Arts held an event for DEI. No mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Spelman created a series "developed in response to social unrest following the death of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality and will address discussions topics pulled from a joint letter developed by faculty and staff in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement."
  • On June 3, 2020, Spelman released a Black Lives Matter statement crafted by faculty and staff.
Program and Research Funding
  • It was announced that Spelman's Social Justice Scholars Fellows Program partnered with the Reparations Project on February 25, 2021 in order to support "anti-racist work and community transformation toward a more just and equitable society."
  • On October 13, 2023, Spelman News reported that the college "hosted the Equity in Innovation Symposium in collaboration with Google to celebrate’s (Google's charitable arm) $5 million dollar grant to Spelman College in 2022" which "supports the creation of an extensive data hub, which will track the contributions of Black, Latina and Indigenous women in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics]."
  • Spelman offers resources for racial justice which includes the Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
  • On July 1, 2021, Spelman announced that it created a Center for Black Entrepreneurship.
  • Spelman News reported that on August 31, 2023, the college hosted "Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), and NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy for a roundtable discussion to address increasing the number of Black women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)."
  • Spelman published a blog webpage dedicated to understanding unconscious bias in the workplace and defines the term in part as follows: "Unconscious bias involves holding ingrained attitudes and stereotypes that a person is unaware of. This bias is so ingrained that a person may not even know they are practicing it and may even be against it subconsciously."
  • Spelman's online program includes the Diverse Leadership Certificate where students will "[e]xamine personal awareness and perceptions of identity, implicit biases, microaggressions, systemic, structural and strategic racism, classism, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, intersectionality, ableism and their impact on workplace interactions."
Symbolic Actions
  • In October 2021, Spelman highlighted a faculty member whose work includes critical race theory and anti-racism.
  • On February 2, 2018, Spelman announced that it received the 2018 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award.
  • The Spelman Museum of Fine Arts held a Presidential Conversation for DEI.
  • In April 2020, Spelman highlighted how its alumna was named the vice president of Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Innovation at MITRE, non-profit organization.
  • On July 24, 2019, Spelman announced that it "joined the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus for the second annual HBCU Diversity in Tech Summit, hosted at Howard University."
  • In November 2017, Spelman highlighted an alumna who wrote a book on "Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era." Ashley Farmer also co-created the Black Power Series alongside Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
Last updated January 12th, 2024
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