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In Memoriam: Honoring the Life of Billie Jean Young
The Samford University community mourns the loss of Billie Jean Young, a 1979 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Young was an actress, playwright, director, author, poet, educator, orator, activist and community organizer. A true trailblazer, she passed away on March 30, 2021.
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Samford Announces New Scholars Experience for Multicultural Students
Samford University has announced the Ragland Scholars program, a four-year cohort experience for leaders among Samford’s multicultural student body.
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Samford Hosts Women’s History Month Event to Inspire and Empower Young Leaders
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Samford University’s Office of the President, the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, and the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership joined together to present A Morning of Empowerment.
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Why Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives at a Christian University?
Scholars agree that race is a social construct. In race being a social construct, how do we walk alongside the polarizing political ideologies to see the dignity of all who make up our community and abroad?
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$1 Million Grant Extends STEM Program for Transfer Students
Samford's STEM Scholars program helps academically talented and financially-at-risk transfer students from local community colleges complete Samford degrees in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
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In New Book, DeVries Tells Global Economic Story Through History of Cairo Suburb
A new book by Samford history professor Annie DeVries documents the history of the affluent Cairo suburb of Maadi as a way to describe the global economic influences that shaped modern Egypt.
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Cumberland School of Law Alumna Appointed as First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for National Law Firm
Brandi Russell, a 2016 graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, has been appointed as the chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management for Balch & Bingham. In this interview, she reflects on her legal education at Cumberland, mentors who have inspired her, and shares advice for addressing issues of diversity and inclusion as well as advice for law students as they enter the workforce.
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Bass Celebrates 20 Years of Acclaimed Book
An updated edition published by LSU Press in March includes a new epilogue by Bass, a new foreword by renowned religious historian Paul Harvey, and an afterword by Bass’s mentor, historian James C. Cobb.
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Grants Support New Bass Courses, Writing on Race
Samford University history professor Jonathan Bass has received a Hull Research Fellowship to support his completion of two new manuscripts related to race in the American South.
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Davis Earns Hull Fund Grant for Christian Scholarship
Professor of human development and family science Jonathan Davis was chosen to receive a grant for a faculty short course from Samford University’s William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship.
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Musical Theatre Alumna Uses Creative Talent to Promote Black-owned Businesses
Recent graduate launches a new publication, The Modern Green Book, featuring Black-owned businesses.
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Tew Contributes to Book on History of Women in the Southern Baptist Convention
Tew’s chapter–‘“A Greater Influence than You Imagine’: Women Lead the Way to Southern Baptist Centralization”–is part of the book’s examination of the role and history of women in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Sister of Bombing Victim Shares Hopeful Message
Lisa McNair shared key events of the civil rights movement, her family’s role in it, and how the social change of the era shaped her personal experience of race and reconciliation.
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Owens Selected for White House Historical Association Slavery Project
Samford French, Global and Cultural Studies and University Fellows alumna Mia Owens ’19 has earned a prestigious two-year fellowship to research and develop interpretive material about the history and legacy of slavery throughout Washington, D.C., and research and write for The White House Historical Association’s Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood initiative.
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A Heart for A March: DeVries Reveals Connections Between Protest Movements
As Samford prepared for a march for social justice, professor Annie DeVries provided important historical context in an online event sponsored by the university's Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.
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Miller Preparing Two Books, Virtual Seminar and Course on Race in Popular Culture and Media
Communication studies professor Niya Pickett Miller is developing multiple high-profile projects related to her scholarship on visual rhetorical criticism of marginal identities.
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New Courses Will Address African American Experience, Race in Popular Media
Howard College of Arts and Sciences challenged its faculty to propose new courses that address racial justice and help students apply interdisciplinary, integrative knowledge to challenging problems
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Samford Core Curriculum Addresses Racial Justice
Provost Michael Hardin said the courses of the Core Curriculum present important works and ideas to help students address the enduring questions of justice, equity, law, freedom and their duties as citizens that bear centrally on the current demand for racial justice and equality.

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