Saluting Our Armed Services
All About S.A.S.
Bringing activism back home to the states, Spelman students will support American troops through the newly founded organization, Saluting Our Armed Services.
“Saluting Our Armed Services will support our loved ones in their service to their country. We’ll help our Spelman sisters from military families through the challenges and triumphs of military life,” said the organization’s president, Ta’Tiana Miles, C’2014, a psychology major.
“Our group will engage in service projects that support service members and their families; connect with veteran service organizations like the American Legion; and participate in campus activities that support and honor service members like Remembrance Day,” she said. “S.A.S also intends to educate the student body regarding the experiences of service members and their families.”
Spelman students who have ties with the military through family members and friends saw that there was a need for an organization that provides students with a place to share their stories, which led to the creation of S.A.S.
“We were in a military circle meeting at the Spelman Counseling Center talking about our stories, and we realized that there was a need for the presence of an organization like this on Spelman’s campus,” said S.A.S. event coordinator Cierra Jackson, C’2014.
Like her Spelman sisters and fellow S.A.S. members, Jackson has a personal connection with the military as several of her family members are in the armed services. Jackson’s experience enables her to connect with students and support them as they go through everyday challenges.
Plans for the Future
While the organization is still growing, the executive board consists of 10 members. S.A.S. has received interest from about 50-75 students and has plans to not only support students in military life, but also honor Spelman women with careers in military service.
“One of our Spelman sisters was the first African-American female general, Marcelite J. Harris [C’64], and we really want to pay homage to her,” said Jackson. “Hopefully, in the future we want to have an event like, ‘The Marcelite Harris Day’ to represent her and women who’ve done amazing things in the military field and especially those who have come from Spelman College.” – Jasmine M. Ellis, C’2015, is a Political Science major and an intern in the Office of Publications.