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President's Letter to the Community

Sad News

May 10, 2018

Dear Spelman Community:

I am saddened to share the recent passing of Maya Evans, C'2021. A biology major who was interested in anesthesiology and cancer research, Maya was a vibrant light on campus who excelled academically, making the Dean's List and becoming a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National First Year Honor Society, as well as participating in the Health Careers Club, Actively Changing Tomorrow Through Service (ACTS) and the Minority Association of Premed Students (MAPS).

She arrived on Spelman's campus this fall after graduating from high school in Valencia, California, where she played lacrosse and basketball and was passionate about church. Though I did not know Maya, I have learned that she loved listening to music, spending time with friends, going to amusement parks and attending services at Impact Church and The Believers House in Atlanta. Her roommate Victoria Johnson, C'2021, sent me a heartfelt and moving tribute to Maya:

"Upon attending Spelman, Maya quickly found her sisters. She stayed in Howard-Harreld Hall for part of first semester with me as her roommate and her hall mate Christina Dore, who introduced her to Madison Wallace, Briana Vaughn and Brooklyn Williams, all first-year students. Ours soon became a bond that couldn’t be broken. We made memories that no one could ever take away. Her infectious laugh and smile was known around campus. All who knew her loved her and those who even knew of her, knew how much of a blessing she was and will continue to be.

Maya was a hard-working, intelligent, patient and loving friend. She was not afraid to tell the truth when asked, and gave criticism when needed. In the short year that I knew her, it felt like forever and eternity. And speaking for all of our friends, we truly became family. God places people in your life to cry with, struggle with, sing with, laugh with and rejoice with. And in the short - but forever - time I knew Maya, we managed to do all of the above.

I don’t think I can truly put into words all the things I admire, love and will forever cherish about our best friend, but she really was the best sister I never had. We all miss her so much and cannot wait to see our beautiful angel again."

In keeping with the sentiments expressed during the lovely balloon releasing ceremony that celebrated Maya's life on Sunday, May 6, we share our condolences and lift up her family, her Spelman sisters and all who interacted with her in our community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
Spelman College