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President's Letter to the Community

President's Update

November 30, 2015

On November 17, 2015, I hosted a summit at Sisters Chapel to discuss critical issues related to gender equity and Title IX on Atlanta University Center campuses. The resulting scope of work will guide future efforts to ensure safety, support and equity on the Spelman College campus.

As Spelman’s new president, I recognize that Title IX is one of many issues that require our continued attention: injustices raised by the #BlackLivesMatters movement, gender-based violence, inequitable treatment of members of the LBGTQ community, gender inequity, cultural and ethnic biases, and environmental corruption. All of these issues undercut and corrode the values that matter to us as 21st century Black women.

It is for this reason that I have dedicated my inauguration (April 2016) to the topic of equality. To engage the Spelman community in the imagination and construction of equitable communities here on campus and in the world beyond the gates, the College will host a series of faculty and student symposia on the topic of equality during the spring semester. I would like these symposia to be the occasion for a series of small group conversations intended to explore critical action items and creative solutions.

As students on campuses here in Atlanta and around the country raise important questions, we have a responsibility – as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and one with a long history of commitment to social justice – to engage in the inquiry, debate and dissent that are core to the full expression of our values.


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.