Published on April 27, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Niya Pickett Miller Landscape

Samford University communication studies professor Niya Pickett Miller will lead a complex discussion about racial identity, self-awareness and albinism for the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) this Sunday, May 2. The cultivated conversation will focus on The Beauty of Inclusion, a speech by South African model, activist and lawyer Thando Hopa, the first person with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.

Miller, an albinism advocate, has presented a TEDx talk on the topic and recently published the book Deconstructing the Albino Other: A Critique of Albinism Identity in Media.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.