Student Life: LEADS at Spelman


Spirit of volunteerism inspires Bonner Scholars to serve during winter storm

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, four of Spelman's Bonner Scholars from the class of 2016 --  Louisa MacCormack, Kiara Moore, Kiara Taylor,  and  Jillian Thomas,  decided to do something to help gridlocked motorists stave off hunger and the pangs of  frustration caused by Atlanta's winter storm Leon.  The community service scholars rallied together to make sandwiches and goodie bags filled with granola bars, apples, cookies, and water for individuals stranded in the Atlanta University Center area; and with the help of Spelman student Brianna Baker, they also passed out food to the homeless in the West End area.  Their random acts of kindness were graciously received and appreciated.


Service: It Is Who We Are and It Is What We Do

Millions of Americans came together on  Martin Luther Kin, Jr. Day, Jan. 20, 2014, to honor Dr. King through volunteer service. At Spelman College, engaged scholarship, and the community service that results is not a one day event; it is a way of living and learning together. It is who we are and what we do.

While much social progress has been made since Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream"speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago, there is still a lot to be done. As many communities continue to suffer setbacks from the recent economic crisis, community service can be a powerful force for change.

The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development is uniquely positioned to support Spelman students in identifying service opportunities, connecting with community partners and developing skills for campus and community leadership.

Jan. 18: MLK Day of Service
Feb. 3: Recyclemania Kickoff
Feb.15: Saturday Service Series:
Hands On Atlanta
Feb. 15: Saturday Service Series:
Hands On Atlanta and The Atlanta
Day Shelter
Feb. 22: Saturday Service Series:
Hosea Feed the Hungry

Spelman College Celebrates the MLK Jr National Day of Service

The 2014 MLK Day of Service at Spelman College took place on Saturday, Jan.18, 2014. This year’s theme was "Mobilizing Our Community." Programming for this annual day of service highlighted the importance of service on campus and in the Spelman Community.

Projects focused on the Project Impact neighborhoods surrounding Spelman’s campus and target education, health, financial stability and environmental sustainability.

The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development mobilized over 200 students, faculty, staff, alumnae, community partners and West End residents to participate in service projects with the following organizations:The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Jumpstart, The KENO Foundation, Operation P.E.A.C.E., Project Karma, and others. For more information, contact Elizabeth Rountree, community service coordinator at

Junior Biology Major Honored with  Local Community Service Award

Spelman junior Breagan Ricks was awarded the 2013 Spelman College Local Community Service Award. This award is given by the Spelman College Board of Trustees to recognize an individual who excels in ethical, servant leadership and, demonstrates excellence in her or his engagement in community service initiatives. Ricks is the first student to be honored with this award.

 Ricks is the founder of FunLab, Inc. which serves students at M. Agnes Jones and KIPP STRIVE Elementary Schools in the West End community. Using a unique approach to classroom instruction, FunLab offers students a strong foundation in hands - on scientific experimentation as well as exposure to scientific related careers. For more information about the Local Community Service Award please contact  Jilo Tisdale at

Alternative Spring Break Participants Selected

Alternative Spring Break at SpelmanThe Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development congratulates the 15 students selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Spelman College Alternative Spring Break  Program.

This year’s participants will serve in Belize City, Belize from March 7 -14, 2014. Participants will engage in meaningful service that has been designed to address issues related to education, economic development, health and wellness. The primary service site will be St. Mary’s Anglican School in Belize City where Spelman  ASB participants will deliver educational workshops, provide tutoring, and engage in mentorship activities.

In addition, beautification and school cleanup projects will also take place. Throughout the week, there will be opportunities for ASB participants to explore Belize and experience Belizean culture.

Congratulations to: Kennysha Adger, C’2015, Venita M. Blanson, C’2014, Sydney Brown, C’2014, Michelle Burris, C’2014, Charnee Butler, C’2014, Chelsea Crittle, C’2015, Nandi Edouard, C’2015, Alicia Edwards, C’2015, Andrenise Faust, C’2016, Paige Hampton, C’2016, Jasmyn Howell, C’2016, Whitney Kennard, C’2015, Dana Stigler, C’2014, Nichelle Thomas, C’2014, and Ama Yates-Ekong, C’2016.

B.A.D. Girls on Campus

On November 16, 2013, The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development hosted Spelman’s annual Keshia Knight Pulliam Community in Schools Day. Thirty young ladies from M. Agnes Jones Elementary School spent the day exploring this year’s theme: “B.A.D. Girls Club: Empowering Beautiful, Artistic, and Driven Girls”. The purpose of the day was to redefine the popular term “bad” as it is applied to women.

The activities were designed to encourage girls to explore how they can be more than
the scantily clad, profanity screaming “bad girls” that they see on television. Workshops for the day focused on leadership, artistic abilities, self-esteem, and community service. Workshop facilitators included: Maya Prentiss, C’2015; Bria Henderson, C’2015; Camille Henderson, C’2015; and Bria Toussaint, C’2016.

The 2013 Keshia Knight Pulliam Community in Schools Day coordinators were, Bonner Office Community Impact Interns: Kabrillen Jones, C’2015, and Faith Porter, C’2014.


LEADS Hosts STEM Focused Girls Leadership Institute

On November 16, 2013, 100 seventh and eighth grade girls visited the Spelman College campus to attend the Seventh Annual Girls Leadership Institute. Middle school participants were recruited from schools within Spelman’s Project Impact service area.

The 2013 Institute was focused on exposing girls to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and was hosted by the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS) with sponsorship for the day’s events coming from the STEM Department at Spelman College.

In addition to engaging in leadership development activities and hands on STEM experiences, participating middle school students had the opportunity to speak with Spelman student leaders representing several of Spelman College’s Registered Student Organizations. Each participant received a branded tote bag, portable cell phone charger and notepad with pen.

For more information about Spelman’s Girls Leadership Institute please email, or call 404-270-6068.


Volunteer Spotlight: MASTERS Program

Christina Fennell, C’2016 developed the MASTERS program during her work with elementary school students in a Washington, D.C. elementary school. Finding an Atlanta home for MASTERS, a math focused after school program was not hard. M. Agnes Jones Elementary School has welcomed Christina and she works with 20 elementary school students.

MASTERS strives to increase students’ interest in math by demonstrating how the basic math skills students learn in class can be applied to real world situations. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Christina at


Community Partner Spotlight: Aniz, Inc.

Aniz, Inc. is a local health organization founded by Zina Age. Seventeen years ago Zina noticed a gap in services for African Americans and Latinos who were infected with HIV/AIDS.

She wanted to bring resources into the community that would provided residents with mental health support, substance abuse counseling, and general information about the importance of establishing healthy boundaries and practicing safe sex. Aniz, Inc. is an important resource in the Atlanta community.

They distribute free condoms, organize college pop-up information sessions and, provide free HIV testing. Aniz, Inc.’s has succeeded in keeping their doors open despite serious funding cuts and plays a critical role in encouraging community advocacy. Spelman College students can get involved by advocating locally and nationally for HIV testing and the passage of mandatory status disclosure laws.

If you would like to know more about Aniz, Inc. and their work you can contact them at:

Summer Opportunities

Shepherd  Poverty Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty is committed to supporting college students in developing habits of service by offering an integrated academic and service learning

experience. The Shepherd Center facilitates volunteer service placements for summer interns with
an agency that supports under-resourced individuals and communities.

The 2014 internship opportunity offers an eight-week placement from June 6 to Aug. 5, 2014 at a community site whose focus is: education, healthcare, legal services, housing, community development or economic stabilization.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 24, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. Applications can be submitted
online at

For more information, contact Kiesha Cooper at

Clinton Foundation Internship Program Returns to Spelman

The second annual LEADS-Clinton Foundation Internship Program kicks off in June. This internship reflects a partnership between Spelman College’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS) and the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (Clinton Foundation).

Throughout their period of service, selected interns will work with a small team that focus on the Foundation’s mission of improving global health, strengthening economies, promoting healthier childhoods and protecting the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Internship opportunities exist in the following areas: Research and Analysis (initiatives such as Health, Climate/Environment, Girls and Women, etc.), Communications, Logistics and Technology.

The 2014 Clinton Foundation Internship will run from June - Aug. 29, 2014. If you are interested in applying, please contact Kiesha Cooper at to review the application requirements. The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2014.


The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS)
The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development (BOCSSD)
Spelman College
Jane E. Smith Ed.D, Executive Director, LEADS
Jilo M. Tisdale, Director, BOCSSD
Sheryl Belizaire, Bonner Scholars Coordinator
Kiesha Cooper, Bonner Program Assistant
Britney Peyton, Community Service & Bonner Fellow
Elizabeth Rountree, Community Service Coordinator
Britney Peyton, Newsletter Editor
Phone: 404-270-5309 Fax: 404-270-5308