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About the Center of Excellence

About Us

Ranked as the number one HBCU in the country for the 14th year in a row, Spelman College has a long history of educating and preparing women of color to earn advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields and become STEM leaders and professionals. This track record has led to the Department of Defense designating Spelman College as the first Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM (COE-MWS). Spelman’s accomplishments, considered against the current national backdrop, illustrates the critical role this unique institution plays in preparing STEM professionals and leaders that are representative of the diversity of our nation.

The COE-MWS expands on the College’s effective strategies to educate Black women in STEM and facilitates the synergy of all programmatic and research initiatives in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This synergistic collaboration among programmatic and research programs in the NSM division will impact all STEM majors and increase the number of minority women obtaining advanced degrees in STEM and going on to become STEM professionals and leaders.

The COE-MWS Team

Spelman Associate Provost Tasha Innis

Principal Investigator

Tasha Inniss, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Research

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Terria Davis

Program Coordinator


Pillars of Excellence

Serving as the foundation for the COE-MWS are its three pillars of excellence:

  1. Research
  2. Academic Advancement
  3. Leadership & Professional Development

Guided by the pillars, the COE-MWS serves as the hub for all STEM undergraduate research, training, and programmatic activities in NSM division. The pillars are the tenets that have resulted in the success of Spelman STEM graduates and are aligned with the College’s strategic plan and DoD strategic goal of achieving “dominant capabilities through innovation and technical expertise.”

Pillars of Excellence

Contact Us

Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM
350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 297
Atlanta, GA 30314