Atlanta University Center Consortium



Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta award will help AUC improve its bottom line and adopt more eco-friendly practices.

ATLANTA (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Atlanta University Center Consortium received a Grants to Green Assessment Award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to help its member institutions and the Robert W. Woodruff Library identify opportunities to reduce a collective $11.7 million in utility expenses.

Founded in 2008 by the Community Foundation in partnership with energy-efficiency expert Southface, and funding provided by The Kendeda Fund, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient, and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding that strengthens nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Upon completion of campus assessments and recommendations for how to improve efficiency, AUCC institutions may apply up-to $500,000 matching implementation funding to execute the recommendations.

“This initiative is in line with the Atlanta University Center’s spirit of service – this time to our environment, as well as to our institutions,” said Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr., board chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.  “The dual opportunity to further our sustainability efforts and to positively affect our bottom-line is a win-win for the entire Consortium.”

Collaborative efforts by AUCC member institutions and the Woodruff Library include the installation of 35 security cameras and five license plate readers around the campus community; insurance pooling, Woodruff Library; central plant; AUCC Career Fairs and Dual Degree Engineering Program; joint radiation safety program; joint laboratory animal facilities; joint safety programs along with Atlanta Housing Authority and Atlanta Police Department; and EverFi Alcohol, Sexual Assault and Financial Literacy Modules.

Over the next year, Southface will extensively assess AUCC’s campus facilities to identify ways to improve energy and water efficiency. The assessment will also include organizational operations, such as waste reduction efforts and procurement, exterior site analysis including landscaping, waste reduction efforts, affirmative procurement, integrated pest management and green cleaning policies.

In 2008, Spelman College, along with Agnes Scott College, was one of the early institutions to receive the Grants to Green grant. The $50,000 grant, combined with an $80,000 matching grant from Home Depot enabled the College to reduce its annual utility cost by $90,000.

“We have seen remarkable results from our Grants to Green recipients,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “The whole process is data driven, enabling grant recipients to track data before, during and after assessment and implementation, which includes tracking energy and cost savings that can be significant over time. Having Green Champions engaged in the process helps to teach and inspire others to implement their own green practices both on campus and in their lives outside the University,” she added.

Tyronda Minter, director, Community Foundation added, “I’m thrilled to see how Art Frazier, as Spelman’s Green Champion, helped to leverage the Grants to Green resource as an opportunity for the partnership effort between the many universities in the Atlanta University System. That’s a sign of true Green Champion.”

For more information about the green efforts implemented at the AUCC institutions, please contact one of our Green Champions: Bonita Dukes at Clark Atlanta University; André E. Bertrand at Morehouse; Lawrence Jones at Morehouse School of Medicine; Kenneth Smith at Woodruff Library; and Don Blackston and Art Frazier at Spelman. In addition to working directly with the assessment team from Southface, the Green Champions will receive training and network with other Green Champions.

To know more about the Grants to Green Initiative, visit or email


About the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is the world’s oldest association of historically Black colleges and universities. Comprised of four member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College – the Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service and community engagement. AUC Consortium Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing centerwide initiatives, offering services that benefit our students and community, and leveraging our shared resources. Visit us at, or on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with $920 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.



Robert W Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center, Location: Atlanta GA, Architect: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institutions they serve. 

Know Your Rights: Free Legal Info Forum at CAU Money Smart Week


WHAT:            COMMUniversity, in collaboration with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, will host a “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Station at The Power of Fair Lending Conference.” Attorneys will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords or lenders.

WHEN:            Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center in the Baranco Mutipurpose Room, 755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314.

WHY:              COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, and has formed a partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

The conference sponsors, Metro Fair Housing Services, U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and AUCC are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month with this signature event. The conference will feature: a continental breakfast; a morning Plenary Session with a historical overview of the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and the FHA; a working box lunch session will feature winners of the Westside School Art Contest and a keynote speaker address by Tim Wise regarding intergenerational movement building-prospects for social change under the Fair Housing Act; afternoon interactive Concurrent Roundtable Workshops on Solutions in 2 sessions- Inclusion and Opportunity in Westside Atlanta Redevelopment, and  Lack of Affordability, Environmental Gentrification and Lending Discrimination; a closing Plenary Session focused on Sharing Solutions that Start With You; and information stations.

The conference and information stations are free and open to the public by pre-registration only!

Contact Metro Fair Services, Inc. at: 404-524-0000

This event and forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions. For more information on COMMUniversity events call 404-523-5148.

Spelman College is a Top Volunteer School for Peace Corps


Annually, the Peace Corps shares its list of top volunteering-producing schools, and each year Spelman College is on the list. Tied at No. 4 on the 2018 list with five other small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Spelman sent 14 volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps.

To see the complete list and press release, visit the Peace Corps.

AUC Alumna Creates First Lady Portrait for Smithsonian


Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald

In a Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery museum unveiled its portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in history the museum commissioned African-American artists to paint a president and his wife. The Washington, D.C.-based museum unveiled the paintings in the ceremony attended by both the president and first lady as well as the two artists, one of which is a Clark Atlanta University graduate and a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence.

Amy Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, received her bachelor’s in painting from CAU in 1997 and became an artist-in-residence at Spelman’s Portobelo, Panama, Summer Art Colony the same year.

For more on the Obamas portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, see: Obama portraits.

For more on Sherald and her work, visit: about Amy Sherald.



Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has a long tradition of involvement in the Atlanta University Center. Not only did he graduate from Morehouse College, both his father and maternal grandfather attended Morehouse. His mother, maternal grandmother, great-aunt, sister, daughter, niece and grand niece all attended Spelman College.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since King’s assassination in Memphis, April 4, 1968. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, would mark his 89th birthday. The day marks an opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy. Join the AUC institutions to commemorate the legacy of a King.

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Spelman College

Five AUC Freshmen Place Second in ILI T.I.M.E. Challenge


Pictured left to right: Zelalem Tenaw, Carter Bowdoin, Leoul Tilahun, Stephen Seymour and Nicolette Barriffe.

Five, first-year dual degree engineering students placed second in  a high-level science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurial activity to “imagineer” innovative practical uses and business models for NASA technology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicolette Barriffee, electrical engineering, Clark Atlanta University; and Morehouse College students Carter Bowdoin, mechanical engineering; Stephen Seymour, mechanical engineering; Zelalem Tenaw, computer science; and Leoul Tilahun, computer engineering, along with 20 students from historically Black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and institutions of higher learning, took on the task to take existing NASA-patented technologies to the marketplace in the Institute for Local Innovations T.I.M.E. Challenge.

The students second-place winning for their Riverside Water Purification landed them  $750 plus a $250 book stipend for each student.

NASA is challenged with hundreds of patented technologies ready to be taken to the marketplace, and too few entrepreneurs ready to move them.

New Orleans-based ILI Inc., in collaboration with Atlanta-based Liquid Studios design firm, is brings a High Impact Practice to HBCUs across the country by way of the ILI Technology Implementation Market Engine Challenge. This innovative student engagement program invites individual students, teams of HBCU students, as well as students from other colleges and university led by HBCU students to participate in the program.

In addition to the winnings, participating students receive mentoring from industry experts, via the Liquid Studios network ( and others, to increase student knowledge, skills, and career interests in economic sectors aligned with NASA-patented technology identified by ILI.

Check out the competition in pictures.

AUC Receives ARC’s Developments of Excellence Award


The Atlanta Regional Commission recently announced the winners of this year’s Developments of Excellence awards during the agency’s State of the Region Breakfast. The awards recognize the developments and places that are improving quality of life in the 10-county Atlanta region.

The top award, the 2017 Development of Excellence, went to Parsons Alley, a retail development and gathering space in Duluth that brought a carefully planned community vision to life.

ARC also presented its Great Places Award to the Atlanta University Center, whose Civil Rights legacy and steadfast commitment to community enhance the region’s character every day.

Great Place Award: Atlanta University Center

Atlanta University Center Consortium
Every year, ARC presents a Great Place award to a place in the region that enhances metro Atlanta’s character. The winner of this year’s Great Place award is the Atlanta University Center, the world’s oldest and largest cluster of African-American private colleges. The AUC Consortium includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Morris Brown College and the Interdenominational Theological Center also share the campus and are significant in its rich legacy. That legacy dates back to the late 1800s when Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown were founded to educate newly freed enslaved individuals.

Many of the original buildings are still in use, and the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The AUC was a wellspring for the Civil Rights movement, producing leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Lonnie King, Julian Bond, and Ruby Doris Smith. Other prominent alumni and faculty include W.E.B. DuBois, Pearl Cleage, Marian Wright-Edelman, and Spike Lee.

The schools of the Atlanta University Center are committed to helping the surrounding neighborhoods, engaging in more than 100,000 hours of community service each year.

For more on the awards breakfast, visit: ARC.

AUCC DDEP Orientation


2017 AUCC/DDEP Orientation
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas Cole Research Center for Science and Technology
Campus of Clark Atlanta University
Dress Business Casual

If you are a new or current dual degree engineering student, it is mandatory you attend the AUCC/DDEP orientation. Come learn about how we can help you with internships, scholarships, and get into engineering school. We are also giving away two great door prizes!

If you have questions, email, or call Ms. Letia Wyatt at 404-523-5148.


AUC Welcomes its New Class of Students


Around the Atlanta University Center, the 2017-2018 academic year is in full effect. From football to algorithmic computations, first-time college and final-year students ready themselves for the AUC experience. Check out below what’s going on at our partner campuses.




Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education. Established in 1988 through the consolidation of its two parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865), and Clark College (1869), it offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Morehouse College

In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Theological Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia.  The school’s primary purpose was to prepare black men for ministry and teaching. Today, Augusta Theological Institute is Morehouse College, which is located on a 66-acre campus in Atlanta and enjoys an international reputation for producing leaders who have influenced national and world history.


Morehouse School of Medicine

MSM was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, it became an independently chartered institution and is now among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians. MSM is recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy.


Spelman College 

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. It is also a proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

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