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Spelman College Joined in Second Annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill Share a Spelman College Press Release


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Spelman College STEAMATLANTA (March 7, 2019) – Spelman College joined other historically Black colleges and universities, science and engineering industry leaders, and congressional leaders in the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill. Co-sponsored by the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus, the event brings together education and industry leaders and members of Congress for a collective day of advocacy for our nation’s 102 HBCUs and their 300,000 students.

In addition to meetings with Republican and Democratic members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the coalition will participate in meetings with members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity & Inclusion, Congressional Black Caucus, House Education and Labor Committee, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

“HBCUs are drivers of their local economies and help prepare our nation’s students for 21st century opportunities. Spelman is proud to participate in such an important event,”said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. “Spelman is one example of the role HBCUs play in diversifying the science and engineering community. We are thankful for the leadership of Congresswoman Alma Adams.”

According to the National Science Foundation, Spelman is the No. 1 undergraduate institution of origin of Black women Ph.D.s in STEM disciplines. Since 2000, 16 percent of Spelman’s graduates have entered STEM graduate programs (including psychology), and in the past decade a total of 104 Spelman graduates have earned doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences. Student preparedness is a primary factor in Spelman’s STEAM success. Through intentional mentoring, peer cohorts, integrated seminars within the College’s curriculum, alumnae engagement, and even pre-enrollment programming, Spelman employs research-based strategies to enhance a student’s ability to identify as a researcher.

“HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to our annual economy and have provided pathways of opportunity to millions of Americans, many of whom are first generation college students. Despite being historically underfunded and under-resourced, these institutions continue to produce top talent. HBCUs produce 42 percent of Black engineers, 47 percent of Black women engineers, and 40 percent of the Congressional Black Caucus. I would not be in Congress today if not for the North Carolina A&T University,”said Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., (D-NC), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “That is why HBCU STEAM Day is so important. It’s a day when HBCUs and their students to come to Capitol Hill to advocate for greater resources –and they don’t come alone. They come with industry leaders who have made a commitment to creating strategic and sustainable partnerships with HBCUs. There is no workplace diversity, especially within STEAM fields, without HBCUs. I am proud to host the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action and to make clear to all in Congress that HBCUs matter.”

Participating HBCUs and HBCU advocacy groups include the United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, National Association for Equal Opportunity, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering, Norfolk State University, Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, West Virginia State University, Morgan State University, Stillman University, Virginia State University, Fort Valley State University, Alabama A&M University, Rust College, Morehouse University, Bowie State University, Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University, Bennett College, Hampton University, Tennessee State University, Voorhees College, and Edward Waters College. Representatives from Intel, Lyft, Dell, Amazon, Pandora, Airbnb, Microsoft, Spotify, Wells Fargo, and Apple will also be in attendance.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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