Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College, having served as president from 2002–2015. A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, her tenure as president was marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Widely known for her expertise in race relations, she is the author of several books including Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race (1997). In 2005 she was the recipient of the Brock International Prize for Innovation in Education. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and an MA in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
Dr. Tatum's Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor lecture entitled "Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Campus Conversations about Race in the 21st Century took place on April 5 at Stanford University.