02nd Sep2011

Cimani Robinson – Spelman College

by Staff

“I am a second generation Spelmanite and also have many relatives that did/do attend. I always knew Spelman was the place for me because it has cultivated the women of my family and why not be like them as well as all the other greats that have and will come.”

C/O 2013
Major: sociology


How did you decide to become a student at Spelman College?

Just like my great institution of Spelman I have a rich heritage connected with my story . I am a second generation Spelmanite and also have many relatives that did/do attend.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Dr. Alice Walker_Spelman College AlumniDr. Alice Walker / Spelman College Alum just like Cimani’s family!

I always knew Spelman was the place for me because it has cultivated the women of my family and why not be like them as well as all the other greats that have and will come.


What professors at Spelman College are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

My introduction to the Sociological Imagination professor Dr. Cynthia Spence expected professionalism and learning in class everyday.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Dr. Cynthia Spence_Spelman College ProfessorImage Courtesy of Spelman College

I think what impacted me most about her is that she didn’t just care about our minds as it related to knowing the right answer or theorist , but she made the class apply them because now we had become more accountable for our social awareness.


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Spelman College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Spelman College since my first week as a freshwoman has shown me I made the right decision . From meeting a fellow Spelman sister from the 70’s or just being on campus I have experienced a sisterhood like no other.

Spelman Sisterhood Interview__Spelman CollegeImage Courtesy of “Inside Spelman

No matter what reach of the state, or even the world you can always find a Spelman sister who will lend a helping hand , and guide you


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

On move in day after all the boxes had been unpacked my freshman roommate and I talked about being nervous about school. Her mother stopped and said one statement to us both.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Freshwoman at Spelman College Moving In“The sisterhood at Spelman creates a supportive environment that inspires women to believe in their dreams and achieve their goals.” – Rugiyatu

She said “Spelman is only great because of the women who attend, and you are here so you already have what it takes to be and do well “. (Much respect to your roomate’s mother for dropping the knowledge!)


What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

I am a sociology major I chose this because I wanted to understand more about society and the people in it.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Sociology Major_Spelman College Faculty PictureThe Sociology and Anthropology Department | Image Courtesy of Spelman College

By learning this I have a perspective that others may never see by looking through the lenses of social problems and being the one who wants to resolve them with my work and daily interactions.


What to date has been your saddest moment @ Spelman College?

The saddest moment at Spelman was during my freshmen year. During this year we lost one of our own fellow classmates and it grieved the whole campus that all at once we all just saw the dreams of one of the people who had just began , just end.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Student Deaths_Spelman College Ankh May the teachings of Adrienne Bauduit and Tiana Kindred continue on and to their respective family members at and beyond Spelman College – remember that they live forever through you!

Her death was not in vain though, because I believe this tragic experience made our class bond and really realize the importance and significance of our sisterhood.


How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

On campus I participate in several clubs such as The Environmental Task Force which is concerned with keeping Spelman and Atlanta green.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Environmental Task Force at Spelman College campus activities

Cimani Robinson Interview_The Granddaughters Club _Spelman College Campus ActivitiesThe Granddaughter’s Club 100th Anniversary, Image Courtesy of Legacy Magazine

Also I am involved with The Granddaughters Club the oldest student organization on our campus which promotes Spelman’s history and traditions through its legacy students.


What and where are the historical places on campus?

Spelman’s most historic area would be the oval. Located in the oval are some of the oldest buildings and monuments . Including the arch which his traditionally only walked through as you graduate from Spelman symbolizing the move into greater service.

Cimani Robinson Interview_Sisters Chapel_Spelman College Campus HistoryThe Interior of the Historic Sister’s Chapel

Also Sisters Chapel is the place where Spelman students congregate in times of happiness, sadness and fun, and it has been so since the earliest years of its existence.


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