My students and I are looking forward to hosting you at Spelman College. We want to thank Aechelon Educational Services for lending us this site and for co-sponsoring the event. Thank you to my dear friend Marina Martin for designing the MOD logo. We also want to thank our morning speakers for volunteering to share their knowledge and insight.
      Let me take a moment to tell you why I've been facilitating this event the last few years. As a teacher, mother, sister, daughter, grand-daughter, niece, Goddaugther and Godmother, I know the power of woman to woman mentoring. I have had the benefit of great women in my life to guide me, goal me, and even get on my nerves. I have been blessed by what I think of as Elders, not because of a number on their birth certificates, but because they let me benefit from their expertise and experience. Unfortunately, I don't see quite as much of this kind of mentoring as is needed.
      My position at a womens' college, and in all the other capacities in which I mentor, affords me the opportunity to meet and mentor incredible young women from all over the world. Some of them have already had powerful women to walk with them, and some of them have not. It is for the have-nots that I started this event.
     The time to strengthen our daughters and sisters is not when they get to college, but from the very beginning. The time to build their self-esteem and root them deeply in the kind of history, knowledge and wisdom which will sustain them is every day. I am training my Spelman students to do this--to be elders. I am asking them to take the kind of responsibility for their gifts and talents which will create a lasting human legacy. They should always leave a legacy beyond themselves. 
     Thank you so much for bringing your girls to share with us. Thank you so much for stepping up and being an Elder. Thank you for remembering that to whom much is given . . . you know the rest. I look forward to seeing you on April 25th.

Many blessings,
Dr. Stanley

Eng 369: Images of Women in the Media
Spring 2015

Essay Contest:
What Makes You More than a Pretty Face?

Students are invited to enter the essay contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in elementary, middle, and high school categories. Contestants should write an essay of no more than 300 words which explains why they are “much more than a pretty face.” Essays should be emailed to tstanley@spelman.edu  no later than Monday, April 20 at 9pm. Snail mail entries must be received by Monday, April 20. 

Dr. T. Stanley
Box 745
Spelman Lane SW
Atlanta GA 30314
Aechelon Educational Services, Inc.
                         Because it takes a Nation
Mothering Our Daughters                              
Me, Myselfie, and I: Much More than a Pretty Face
April 25, 2015                                 

This year's theme is:"Me, Myselfie, and I ?"
"Selfie" was the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2013. What exactly is a "selfie" and what does its construction say about the way we, particularly women and girls,  view ourselves? Join us on April 25th to find out