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Spelman College President Helene Gayle Joins Sen. Ossoff to Celebrate the Bipartisan Cybersecurity Opportunity Act Becoming Law Share a Spelman College Press Release

(ATLANTA) This Monday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m., U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06), and Dr. David Satcher will be joined by Spelman College President Dr. Helene Gayle, and other Atlanta University Center officials, to host a press conference at Morehouse College to celebrate their bipartisan Cybersecurity Opportunity Act becoming law.

Sen. Ossoff and Rep. Johnson’s bipartisan law creates the Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program named after the former U.S. Surgeon General and past President of Morehouse School of Medicine.

The bill, which was signed into law earlier this month as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, requires that 50% of Satcher grant funds must go to HBCUs and minority serving institutions in order to support greater diversity and equality of opportunity in the cybersecurity field.

Please find more information below:


  • U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04)
  • Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06)
  • Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, past President of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Morehouse College graduate
  • Spelman College President Dr. Helene Gayle
  • Morehouse College President Dr. David A. Thomas
  • Clark Atlanta President Dr. George T French Jr.
  • Morris Brown College President Dr. Kevin James
  • Dr. Charles J. Gibbs, HBCU Consortium Propel Center President
  • Morehouse College students and faculty

WHEN: Monday, August 22, 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

RSVP: Media interested in attending should RSVP here.


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 the U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 5 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 16th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal has ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and collaborations have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones.

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