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President's Letter to the Community

Giving Thanks


Yesterday, the Spelman Student Government Association President's Cabinet, comprised of the leaders of the College’s registered student organizations, gathered in Manley Atrium. They came bearing gifts, big beautiful baskets filled with food and cards. The SSGA also purchased turkeys to add to the baskets so that each recipient family will be able to enjoy a full meal.  

Working in collaboration with community groups, members of the cabinet will distribute the baskets to needy families and, once again, our Spelman sisters will demonstrate their generosity of spirit and the spirit of the Thanksgiving season. Our thanks to SSGA, their President's Cabinet and the Office of Student Life and Engagement for organizing this Thanksgiving gift.

I thought about the spirit of giving, as well, as I sat in Sisters Chapel last Friday, listening to the AUC Run Off Mayoral Forum. The event was hosted by the SSGA and organized for members of the Westside community by a group of Atlanta University Center student government associations that, in addition to Spelman, included Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College.

The mayoral forum was praised by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as fair and hard-hitting for both mayoral candidates — Atlanta City Council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood — in an article posted on As evidenced by the robust turnout from the Westside community, our AUC students provided a vitally important event, giving members of our community a voice in the electoral process. Fellowship and conversation followed in upper Manley following the forum.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I write now to thank all of the students who participated both in the gift-making and gift-giving to needy families and in the mayoral forum. As a wise leader once stated, a life of civic engagement is a life filled with acts of truth, kindness, necessity and justice.

Thanks, also, to the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS), especially Vice President for College Relations Dr. Jane Smith for her support and assistance, to those members of the Spelman College Glee Club who performed, and to our Dean of Students Dr. Fran'Cee Brown-McClure.

I take this opportunity, also, to wish for the entire Spelman community to use this Thanksgiving time to renew, restore and connect with those whom you cherish and love.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break,

Mary Schmidt Campbell
President, Spelman College