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As the nation’s oldest and most renowned historically Black college for women, Spelman College’s fundamental foundation is to educate women and develop educators. From elementary to higher education, Spelman has cultivated education leaders who serve the world. In the introduction of the College’s 100th anniversary book, "Spelman: a centennial celebration 1881-1981," Beverly Guy-Sheftall references a journalist’s “assertion” made during the College’s 50th anniversary: “No history of women’s education in America would be complete without the story of Spelman.”
 

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Celeste Watkins-Hayes
Celeste Watkins-Hayes Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, is a professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University.

She is an author and educator widely credited for her research on public policies and governmental agencies targeting low-income families, including with her current role as principal investigator of the Health, Hardship, and Renewal Study on the social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS for Chicago-area women of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Her research focuses on urban poverty; social policy; HIV/AIDS; nonprofit and government organizations; and race, class and gender. Recently, the University of Michigan Regents approved her appointment as the Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy. In 2009, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation Early Career Award to conduct this research. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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Celeste Watkins-Hayes

by Angela George | November 30, 2020

Celeste Watkins-Hayes Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, is a professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University.

She is an author and educator widely credited for her research on public policies and governmental agencies targeting low-income families, including with her current role as principal investigator of the Health, Hardship, and Renewal Study on the social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS for Chicago-area women of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Her research focuses on urban poverty; social policy; HIV/AIDS; nonprofit and government organizations; and race, class and gender. Recently, the University of Michigan Regents approved her appointment as the Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy. In 2009, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation Early Career Award to conduct this research. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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The Education Department promotes academic excellence in the development and preparation of students to be change agents in the field of education. We desire for our graduates to be innovative teachers, experienced professionals and educational leaders, who have a commitment to the improvement and sustainability of schooling and the development of children and adolescents. We support our students as they become critical thinkers and researchers who improve learning locally, nationally, and globally; and are committed to promoting this through the classroom environment, field-based, and experiential learning opportunities.

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