Lead with Love is a week-long series of events established by Samford University’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives. Students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the Samford community will join together for a week-long series of events to celebrate a shared commitment to leading with love in all that we do.
“Through Lead with Love we will highlight the opportunities we all have to show love and kindness to those with whom we interact, despite any perceived differences.”–Denise Gregory, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives
The week will include a series of university, school and department sponsored events designed to encourage dialogue and unity within the Samford community. Information about events planned for Lead with Love week can be found below. Please note that the list will continue to grow as additional events are added.
Join President and Mrs. Andrew Westmoreland for a candlelight service to kickoff Lead with Love week. Convo credit is available for Samford students.
Come and sit for a fun caricature drawing with friends. Lead with Love t-shirts will also be available for purchase.
The nationally acclaimed Defamation Experience begins with a riveting courtroom drama that explores issues of race, class, religion, gender and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. Combined with an audience deliberation and a facilitated discussion, the Defamation Experience provides a unique opportunity for attendees to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. As a part of Lead with Love Week, the Defamation Experience is presented by the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives in partnership with Cumberland School of Law, the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, the Student Activities Council and the Student Government Association. Convo credit is available for Samford students. Registration is required.
The Office of Spiritual Life welcomes Reverend Reginald Calvert to join in campus worship. Convo credit is available for Samford students.
As a part of Lead with Love week, the School of Public Health will lead an insightful simulation with members of the Samford community. The poverty simulation experience is designed to help those involved understand what it might be like to be a part of a typical low income family trying to survive from month-to-month. Registration is required.
In partnership with the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership and PACT, activist T. Marie King will lead a discussion on how to recognize and stem the consequences of systemic racism in our society. This event is a part of Lead with Love week; convo credit is available for Samford students.
Psychologist Courtney Shields will present tips over lunch about how to better love those around us. As a part of Lead with Love week, Shields will present in partnership with Samford’s Counseling and Wellness Programs. Registration is required. Convo credit is available.
As part of Lead with Love week, join us as we support the Bulldogs as they face the Furman men’s basketball team. Create a valentine for your loved one and have a slice of pizza while cheering our Bulldogs on to victory. Be sure to wear your Samford Red to this event! This event is presented in partnership with the Office of Greek Life and Samford Athletics.
Psychologist Courtney Shields will lead a discussion on boundaries and effective, non-invasive ways of taking care of those in need. As a part of Lead with Love week, this event is presented in partnership with the Samford University CARE Team. Convo credit is available.
Just Mercy tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson appeals his murder. There is no cost to attend this screening, but space is limited and reservations are required.