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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.”
 

Nikki Youngblood Giles

Spelman alumna Nikki Youngblood Giles
Spelman alumna Nikki Youngblood GilesNikki Youngblood Giles, Ed.D., C’2000, is vice dean for campus life and was previously dean for Beyond Barnard, Barnard College’s newest initiative supporting students and alumnae as they define, pursue and achieve success in their careers and communities.

Giles’ career focus is on student development, advising and program development — especially for students under-represented in higher education. She was the lead for the college’s opportunity programs for a number of years and before that served as director of student programming for the Council for Opportunity in Education, the advocacy group supporting federal TRIO programs in Washington, D.C.

A child development graduate from Spelman, Giles earned her master’s degree at Teachers College of Columbia University, and most recently earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her qualitative research examined the resiliency behaviors of first-generation college students and their positive impact on their persistence toward college completion. She resides in Harlem, New York, with her husband and two children. 

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Education in Action

Nikki Youngblood Giles

by Angela George | November 30, 2020

Spelman alumna Nikki Youngblood GilesNikki Youngblood Giles, Ed.D., C’2000, is vice dean for campus life and was previously dean for Beyond Barnard, Barnard College’s newest initiative supporting students and alumnae as they define, pursue and achieve success in their careers and communities.

Giles’ career focus is on student development, advising and program development — especially for students under-represented in higher education. She was the lead for the college’s opportunity programs for a number of years and before that served as director of student programming for the Council for Opportunity in Education, the advocacy group supporting federal TRIO programs in Washington, D.C.

A child development graduate from Spelman, Giles earned her master’s degree at Teachers College of Columbia University, and most recently earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her qualitative research examined the resiliency behaviors of first-generation college students and their positive impact on their persistence toward college completion. She resides in Harlem, New York, with her husband and two children. 

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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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