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Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program

A Program With Lasting Impact


About Spelman’s Honors Program


Founded in 1980, the Spelman College Honors Program, named for scholar-teacher Ethel Waddell Githii, is interdisciplinary in design recognizing the diversity of our faculty expertise and student creative scholarship.  The Githii Honors Program creates original programming and targeted supports for our member students, and collaborates with academic departments and programs to provide a rich array of scholarly and creative venues.  These include our annual reading and lecture series, special programs and workshops for the broader campus and the Atlanta community, and cultural engagements on and beyond the campus. The rogram spotlights intellectual leadership as a habit of mind and a quality of the ethical citizen.

Honors Program Scholar Ariana Benson, C'2019


After taking a biology course during her first year at Spelman, Honors Program member and class of 2019 valedictorian Ariana Benson realized she wasn’t interested in body mechanics. She wanted to do more than treat patients. She wanted to be able to tell their stories. Benson explored creative writing and went on to win the 2019 the Academy of American Poets'/Edith A. Hambie Poetry Prize and earned a Marshall Scholarship to pursue master’s degrees in creative writing and screenwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London in the United Kingdom.

Contact Us

Michelle Hite, Ph.D.

Cynthia Cooke
Program Coordinator

404-270-5666 (fax)

Location: Giles Hall, Room 103
350 Spelman College
P.O Box 1395 
Atlanta, Ga. 30314

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