Imagine that the campus store you remember from college–the place where you went to buy text books and maybe a school sweatshirt–could be so much more. Now, instead of just a bookstore, it’s a town square/marketplace where students, faculty, and maybe even locals grab lunch, meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine in the evening, plug in for an afternoon of studying, buy an iPad, buy a keyboard, buy a T-shirt, get their laptop fixed, and perhaps buy a book.
Norma Sklarek was the first black woman to become a licensed architect in the United States. She is also the first African-American woman to be appointed fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the first to own her own architectural firm, Siegel, Sklarek and Diamond. Her award-winning work includes the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
Changed the game by… helping teach America how to talk about race. Tatum is the president of Spelman College in Atlanta and an eloquent advocate for the importance of historically black colleges. She has pointed out, time and again, that even in the age of Obama, HBCUs are major engines of economic and academic growth in the African-American community. (In March, Obama signed an executive order encouraging federal support of HBCUs.) A clinical psychologist and author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Tatum’s work in teaching young women, delivering intelligent commentary, and pushing for open dialogue in not-yet-post-racial America, has made her a key part of an essential national debate.