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Helene D. Gayle, M.D. MPH, Talks the Power of Spelman College, HBCU with Forbes

March 2023

Spelman President Helene D GayleHelene Gayle, M.D., MPH, 11th president of Spelman College, was recently tapped by Forbes Magazine to offer her thoughts on why – and how – the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are changing the future of our workforce and our world.

"Young people today are looking for an environment that lets them know they can be whoever they want to be," Dr. Gayle said. "Students who could have gone to any Ivy League school have chosen to come to Spelman for a variety of reasons – including the fact that other members of the community aren’t wondering if they are there because of affirmative action."

Dr. Gayle also shared her thoughts on how Spelman, specifically, equips young women to take on life beyond the campus gates – touting the College’s dedicated faculty, unique educational opportunities, and various professional development and internship opportunities.

"Spelman by its nature says that when you walk through the door, we have high expectations for you, and we will do whatever is necessary so that you can be the best that you can be."

Earlier this year, Dr. Gayle was named one of the Top 10 Black Higher Education CEOs to Watch in 2023 by Forbes Magazine.

To read more, visit the Forbes website.

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