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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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$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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