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Spelman College Campus Profile

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                                             The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement


Spelman College, Women who serve… 


At the HEART of SERVICE...





 Spelman College

 "A Choice to Change the World!"





Spelman College

350 Spelman Lane S.W.

Atlanta, GA





Founded in 1881, Spelman is a private, independent, liberal arts, historically black college for women. Spelman ALIVE is an initiative that promotes: Academic Excellence, Leadership Development, Improving Our Environment, Visibility of Our Achievements and Exemplary Customer Service. Spelman College is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of its students.  Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change.    


Location: Atlanta, GA

Enrollment: 2120 Students

Other interesting tidbits: Spelman is part of the largest consortium of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. Its four partner institutions include Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine. Spelman shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners. They also share the Robert W. Woodruff Library.





Type of Program: Bonner Scholars Program

Year Began: 1992

Bonner Program Website: www.spelman.edu/service

Where is the Bonner Program located:  The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement (BOCE) in the Manley College Center

Number of Bonner Students: 64

Highlighted Bonner Specific Programs:


1st Year Service Trip

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga

A Service trip for the class of 2023 to Chattanooga, Tennessee 

March 9-11, 2020

The Bonner Scholars Class of 2023 traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to participate in service projects with Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga. The Class of 2023 worked together with the adolescents and teens of Girls, Inc. to inspire, and help them discover their unique gifts and talents throughout the week by way of workshops and service-minded activities. Scholars also had an opportunity to work with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank warehouse sorting and packing food.


To learn more about Girls, Inc of Chattanooga Visit www.girlsincofchatt.org.






Second Year Exchange

On February 22, 2020, the Bonner Class of 2022 from Spelman College, Morehouse College, Rhodes College, Carson-Newman, Sewanee: The University of the South engaged in their Sophomore exchange. These 2nd year Bonner Scholars met in Chattanooga, TN and participated in series of workshops centered around service, diversity, and the impact of the Bonner Program in their communities.





Welcome To Bonner

Class of 2023 Bonner Scholars 










Mathematical Applications Shine To Encourage Rising Scholars


MASTERS is an after-school math enrichment program where Spelman College students work with 3rd-middle school-aged students in the Washington Cluster. In this program, participants complete engaging projects that incorporate basic math. Ultimately, young students will learn why understanding math is an invaluable skill.







Spelman College embarked on a mission with BookNook, Inc. to increase literacy prevention in primary grade students throughout the Washington Cluster Schools with the emphasis on 3rdgrade reading proficiency.  In the spring of 2018, Hollis Innovation Academy was the first school paired with the Spelman College students in partnership with the BookNook, Inc. literacy program.  BookNook’s online reading program provides a reading initiative that is individualized, adaptive, engaging with a high rating of improvement in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. 


BookNook, Inc. designed an individualized reading program to target deficiencies of identified students who are reading below grade levels at the following schools: Hollis Innovation Academy, Brown Middle School, Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy, and M. Agnes Jones Elementary. Weekly reports monitor students’ progress. Spelman students work closely with these students implementing the prescribed reading strategies to ensure success. In addition, quarterly assessments and post-tests will be utilized to determine growth.


During the 2018-2019 school year, SpelREADS recruited, trained, and provided in-service trainings for all SpelREADS Reading Guides.  In addition, the Bonner Office of Civic Engagement hosted monthly reflection dinners and an end of semester wrap-up reception for all participants. Schools student participants also had an opportunity to visit Spelman campus to experience a day in the life on a college campus. We also plan to expand the SpelREADS Program to include a family at-home track where parents can be trained to assist their children at home and during official school closures and breaks. 




Sisters of the Soil


An urban agriculture program of the Spelman College Bonner Office of Civic Engagement that empowers 100 women and girls to take control of their food choices.






Proper nutrition is essential for good health and wellbeing. But in Atlanta’s Westside community, many residents don’t have easy or affordable access to foods that support wellness. One way that community organizations are addressing this issue is by encouraging an urban agricultural movement.


“Urban agriculture is the idea that people can produce food for themselves using vacant lots, parks, their own back yards, porches or patios—even indoors,” said Charles Greenlea, program director for HABESHA, a Pan-African group that cultivates leadership in youth and families through sustainable agriculture and other programs. 


Since Spring 2016, HABESHA has trained 24 Spelman women in the principles and practices of urban agriculture. Starting in Fall 2018, Spelmanites who complete an 18-hour program that includes lecture time, as well as lab time working hands-on in the College’s garden, will participate in intergenerational teaching and learning with women and girls in schools and senior centers in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.


Sisters of the Soil will focus on the environmental, social, economic and health benefits of urban agriculture. The program’s goals include working in concert with faculty and students in the College’s Food Studies minor and hosting a community symposium on campus. The program’s long-term vision is for Spelman to be known in Atlanta and beyond as an expert and change agent in the field of urban agriculture.




PresidentMary Schmidt Campbell

Vice President of Student Affairs: Dr. Darryl Holloman


Bonner Office of Civic Engagement

Director, Bonner Office of Civic Engagement: Jilo Tisdale, jtisdale@spelman.edu

Bonner Scholars Program Coordinator: Mellonee Axam, maxam@spelman.edu

Manager, SpelREADs Literacy Program: Sheryl G. Belizaire, sbelizai@spelman.edu

Manager of Community Service: Felecia Deas, fdeas@spelman.edu

Community Service and Bonner Fellow Coordinator: Eshe' Chantana Dean, chantana.dean@spelman.edu

Administrative Office Coordinator: Cherrise Ford, cford16@spelman.edu


Bonner Scholar Interns for 2021-2022

Bonner Senior Intern: Hannah Irby

Junior Administrative Programming Intern: Briyanna Philip

Scholar Operations and Community Outreach Intern: Ariel Haygood

Bonner Sophomore Intern: Ryann Phillips

First-Year Scholars Operations Administrator: Armani Thompson

Social Media/Communications Interns: Cierra Currin & Briya Philip

Bonner Congress Representatives:  Alexis Campbell & Miriam Olajide




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