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Spelman Lecturer’s Work as Environmental Leader Recognized

December 2017

    Na'taki Osborne JelksNa’Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D., C’95, lecturer for environmental health and sciences, is the recipient of Spelman College's 2017 Local Community Service Award. She was recognized at the 13th annual award convocation on Nov. 9 for her work in environmental justice and advocacy to improve the quality of life for people living in West Atlanta communities.

    “I am concerned about the communities that I work with having access to basic amenities like clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, access to healthy foods, parks, green space, healthy homes, and functioning infrastructure,” said Dr. Jelks, who is also a visiting assistant professor of public health at Agnes Scott College and co-founder and chair of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance.

    Dr. Jelks was nominated by Spelman’s Bonner Office of Civic Engagement, which spearheads the program. Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., presented the award on behalf of the College’s board of trustees.