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I Was Born for This: Cumberland’s Advocacy Program and a National Scholarship Help Make One Law Student’s Dream a Reality
After growing up with trials and tribulations, Cumberland School of Law third-year law student Antionette Pruitt knew she was made to be a trial lawyer. Through her experience in Cumberland's nationally recognized trial advocacy program, and after receiving the Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship from the American Association of Justice’s (AAJ) Minority Caucus, she’s prepared to make her dream a reality.
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Physics Alumna Named NSF, GEM/Intel Fellow
Brittney Terry’s rich internship and research experiences reflect not only her own initiative and dedication, but also the personal attention of faculty mentors and Samford’s emphasis on undergraduate research, career exploration and preparation for graduate education.
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Womack Named AAF-Birmingham Student of the Year
The award recognizes the great potential of local students of marketing, advertising, design communications, journalism, or another advertising-related field.
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Thornton Named One of the Nation’s First Magistrate Judges Association Fellows
This summer, Cumberland School of Law second-year student Monroe Thornton III was one of four students in the nation to be named as a Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA) fellow.
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Womack Earns American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Award
The Mosaic Awards recognize companies, agencies and individuals whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives.
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Samford Celebrates Graduation of STEM Scholars
Samford biology professor Betsy Dobbins, director of the program, said more than 80% of STEM Scholars graduate on time, and almost all go on to graduate school or directly to careers in their field.
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Samford Celebrates Day of Spanish
The celebration–on the anniversary of author Miguel Cervantes Saavedra’s death in 1616–is meant to increase awareness of Spanish language, history and culture.
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“Times Get Tough, I Get Tougher”: One Graduate’s Motto Aids Her Through Life and Law School   
Courtney Howard, a member of Cumberland School of Law’s class of 2021, did not always have a dream of going to law school. Throughout her life and path to law school, tough times seemed to follow her, but she has proven only to let those experiences make her tougher.
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Black Women Speak Through Student Film
Camille Womack's film features unfiltered conversations with four young black women about their experiences with racism in education, the workplace, society and media.
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Believe In Yourself: Vivian Cunningham Earns Samford Degree at 78
Vivian Cunningham will graduate from Samford at the age of 78 this week. There was no easy path to her degree, and long breaks might have become permanent if not for the family, friends and Samford faculty and staff who encouraged her when she wasn’t sure she could go on.
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A Moment of Introspection: Recognizing Negative Self Biases
Diversity is the “hot topic” of many of our conversations as of late. There are constant discussions about the nuances of race, culture, ethnicity and our ever-present biases, both implicit and explicit.
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Samford’s Task Force on Racial Justice Releases Final Report
The final report of the task force, which includes its findings and recommendations for new and enhanced diversity initiatives on campus, was affirmed by a resolution adopted by Samford’s Board of Trustees, April 27, 2021.
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Love and Leadership in the Public Square: Keith Caps Off Lead with Love Series
Keith, a 2012 graduate of Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education, spoke to his Samford family on “Love and Leadership in the Public Square” and how his experience with using love as a tool to expand his knowledge, friendships and growth have empowered him.
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Miller to Lead Conversation About Racial Identity, Albinism 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.
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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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