Published on April 1, 2022  
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Samford University’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives will host Lead with Love Week, April 4-8, 2022. Samford students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in this series of events which will celebrate a shared commitment to leading with love in all that we do and encourage dialogue and unity within our community. 

Cameron Thomas, Samford’s director of diversity enrichment and relations, said, “Lead with Love represents a call to our university to take seriously the importance of this moment in history. People need to experience leadership rooted in love and concern for the well-being of our community. We invite you to join us during this time in reflection but also a call to action to serve through love.”

The week will include a series of university, school and department sponsored events designed to encourage dialogue and unity within the Samford community.


Leadership Panel: How We Lead Thoughtfully with Love

April 4, 5:30 p.m. | Pete Hanna Hospitality Suite 

Join the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives as we host key campus leaders comprised of Samford students, faculty and staff as they discuss the ways in which they lead thoughtfully with love in their roles. Featured panelists include James Jefferson, Camille Womack, Mary Brittan Burgess and Dieter Waldvogel. Dinner is included with registration.


Caricatures on the Plaza

April 5, 10 a.m. | Ben Brown Plaza 

Dessert and Discussion Series: Leading with Love and Not Fear

April 5, 3 p.m. | Harry's

Join us for this discussion over dessert with Cameron Thomas, Samford's director of diversity enrichment and relations.

Blessings and Notes of Love

April 6, 10 a.m. | Ben Brown Plaza

Dessert and Discussion Series: Students Who Serve Through Leadership

April 6, 3 p.m. | Harry's

Join us for this discussion over dessert with the SGA's Multicultural Affairs Committee.

Lunch and Learn: Shenitha Hinton

April 7, 11:30 a.m. | Brock Forum (DBH 131)

Shenitha Hinton is a licensed professional counselor with a passion for supporting individuals from all walks of life on their journey to wellness and wholeness. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ashford University, a Master of Science in counseling from Faulkner University, and an additional certification from UAB as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Hinton brings a wealth of skill and experience to serve Samford’s students. Lunch is included with registration.


Dessert and Discussion Series: Journey of Service

April 7, 3 p.m. | Harry's 

Join us for this discussion over dessert with Lisa Overton, Samford's Title IX coordinator. Overton will introduce herself to the Samford community, discuss her background in various areas of service and how her experiences have led her to Samford. She will also discuss how her role will allow her to serve our campus community.

Field Day 

April 8, 1-4 p.m. | Intramural Field

Wear your Lead with Love t-shirts (distributed at events Monday through Thursday)

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.