Skip To Content
Spelman Students

Our Stories

Asia Reese Designated First Summa Scholar in SIS Program

February 2019

Asia ReeseAsia N. Reese, C’2021, describes her participation in Spelman’s Independent Scholars Oral History Project in one way -- therapeutic. Founded by Gloria Wade Gayles, Ph.D., SIS Oral History gives voice and visibility to African-American women elders of the South.

For her work, Reese was designated the first Summa Scholar for outstanding academic achievement for her portfolio, “Lifting the Veil: Uncovering Stories of Our Ancestors.” Reese bonded with Nancy Sims, an artist, volunteer and ventriloquist, through the project. SIS students interviewed Sims’ mother, Nell Sims, twice for the project.

“Thanks to the experience, I walked away with a deeper appreciation for the African-American woman's experience, particularly those from the South,” said Reese. “It was therapeutic to hear their stories and consider the things that allowed me to exist today.”

Submit Your Story

We want to hear from you. Briefly tell us about your Spelman achievements. If more information is needed, we will contact you.

Please Note: We appreciate your contribution, but submission of your information does not guarantee you will be featured in Our Stories.

Enter your full name.
For example, C'2020
Limit 500 characters. HTML tags are not allowed. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to be profiled in Our Stories.
* Photo
Please provide a large, quality photo.
Be sure the video is marked as Public.
How Did You Hear About Our Stories? (check all that apply)



* Accept Terms