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Spelman's Joyce E. Davis and STEM Scholars honored With 2020 Women of Color Initiative Impact Awards

October 2020

Joyce Davis Awarded Women of Color Initiative Staff Impact Award!

Joyce E. Davis, Spelman’s director of marketing and communications, was recently awarded the 2020 Women of Color Initiative Staff Impact Award which is one of five created by WOCI Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education, a city-wide strategic partnership between Spelman College’s Student Success Program, Georgia Tech’s Office of Minority Education and Women’s Resource Center, Emory University’s Center for Women and Office of Racial and Cultural Engagement and STEM Atlanta Women Inc.

Davis is recognized for her outstanding work on behalf of the College and for her exemplary leadership of the Department of Communications team -- as well as throughout the College. In her congratulatory remarks Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell said, "Who among us has not called on Joyce and her team to churn out an attractive flyer, communicate about our initiatives and pride points, or to assist with a real or virtual event?" 

A Decatur, Georgia native and alumna of Howard University, Davis is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with 25+ years of experience leading and contributing to strategic marketing and internal and external communications for higher education and media industries.

Effective and timely communications have been essential especially during these times of challenge. Spelman has been blessed with a devoted team of communicators who carry our message on all platforms and we are grateful now that the world acknowledges them," added Dr. Campbell.

In Her Own Words: Davis Strives to Live a Multifaceted Life of Impact

Start of QuoteSharing narratives about Spelman’s innovative and important programs allows me to deepen my passion for meaningful storytelling that has a positive impact on social justice, education and issues related to women, girls and the African Diaspora. I am appreciative of the recognition by the WOCI, which would not be possible without consistent support from President Campbell and Spelman’s leadership, as well as the stellar work of my committed colleagues in the Office of Communications. Having spent most of my career advocating for increasing diverse representation in the media, highlighting the disparities of those who are sexually exploited and advancing educational equity, it is rewarding to spend every dayEnd of Quote working in a high performing organization, whose mission is based in valuing and prioritizing the experiences of Black women, said Davis.

Spelman Students Awarded WOCI Student Group Impact

Four Spelman sophomores -- dual degree physics and civil engineering major Alexis Parker; dual degree computer science and aerospace engineering major Erin Ojeda; health science major Ireland Saniah Battle; and dual degree chemistry and biomedical engineering major Alondra Stafford also received the 2020 WOCI Student Group Impact recognition for giving voice to gender and racial inequalities in the field of artificial intelligence.

"As difficult as these times may be, we are buoyed by the resilience and determination of our Spelman students and staff members who continue to provide exceptional service for their school and their communities," said Dr. Campbell.

During the virtual event, Jennifer Johnson, director of Spelman's Student Success Program, also led a robust conversation about the importance of faculty diversity and two Spelman students shared their insight on the benefit of their relationships with diverse faculty and their appreciation for Johnson's work. 

Awards Ceremony Video

Joyce Davis and Women of Color Initiative Impact Awards

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The WOCI Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education is a city-wide strategic partnership between the Center for Women at Emory, Office of Minority Education (OMED) at Georgia Tech, Office of Racial and Cultural Engagement at Emory, Spelman College Student Success Program, STEM Atlanta Women, Inc, and Women’s Resource Center at Georgia Tech.

Their aim is to develop a multi-dimensional network committed to enhance the advancement of women in industry, research, and higher education through advocacy, accountability, cultural awareness, leadership development, recognition, cultivation of productivity spaces, and strategic collaboration.

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