The primary goal of the Task Force on Racial Justice is to assist the University in fostering positive, enduring changes in campus culture and existing systems so that racial justice may become a known attribute of the institution.  Racial injustice at Samford, past and present, will be examined and addressed.

The Task Force will utilize a wide range of materials and human resources to develop immediate and long-term recommendations for the improvement of racial justice at Samford University.  Materials may include social media posts, videos, e-mail messages, petitions, on-campus events, assessments and personal accounts of Black students, alumni and employees.  Members of the faculty and staff will be available to provide personal experience, input, research and other information requested by the members of the Task Force. 

The members of the Task Force will determine processes, priorities and plans for their work.  Implicit in the charge to the Task Force is that neither the administration nor the Board of Trustees will interfere with the work of the group, offering the full freedom to understand and put into coherent recommendations measures that will lead toward Samford’s improvement.

Periodic recommendations may be offered by the Task Force, with a final report expected by the end of this calendar year.  The final report will be issued simultaneously to the administration and members of the Board of Trustees.

“The formation of this group is an important next step to ensuring continued progress and to implementing actions that will build a more diverse community.”—Denise Gregory

Task Force Members

Denise Gregory, Co-Chair
Assistant Provost for Diversity & Intercultural Initiatives
Associate Professor
Howard College Arts and Sciences
Robert Holmes, Co-Chair
Vice Chair, Samford Board of Trustees
Ahinee Amamoo
Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Karon Bowdre ‘80
Samford Board of Trustees
Angelia Brooks ‘02
Business and Operations Manager
School of the Arts
Kara Chism ‘96
Assistant Professor and Director M.S.E. in Instructional Leadership
Orlean Beeson School of Education
Hope Dawson
Samford SGA President
Arden Dortch ‘18
Samford University Alumna
Bobby Gatlin
University Minister
Ashley George
Assistant Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Fritz Gordon
Samford University Parent
Rhega Gordon
Samford University Parent
Corey Green ‘02
Samford University Alumnus
Lisa Gurley ‘01
Associate Professor
Ida Moffett School of Nursing
Past-chair Faculty Senate 2020-2021
Rachel Hagues
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Alondra Hampton
Samford University Student
Justin Hayes
Black Student Union President
Joe Hopkins
Dean and Professor
Galen Jones
Assistant Professor
School of the Arts

John E. King, Jr.
Samford Board of Trustees

Jewel Littleton ’05, ’10
President, Samford Black Alumni Association
Anna McEwan
Dean and Professor
Orlean Beeson School of Education
Anthony Overton
Chair, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Brad Radice ‘99
Executive Director of Broadcast Media
Dennis Sansom
Chair and Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Derrick Sherman
Assistant Football Coach
Ben Shirley
Samford University Student

Holly Simmons
Samford University Parent

Richard Simmons
Samford University Parent

Amy Simpson ‘98
Director of Student Leadership
Jenée Spencer ‘13
Director of Diversity Education and Development
Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives
Belinda Stroud ‘89
Samford University Parent
Stephen Stroud ‘89
Samford University Parent
Doug Sweeney
Dean and Professor
Beeson Divinity School
Cameron Thomas ‘14
Director of Diversity Enrichment and Relations
Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives
Jeremy Towns ‘13
Samford University Alumnus
Cecelia Walker ‘98
Samford Board of Overseers
Danny Wood ‘99
Samford Board of Trustees
Our first meeting was conducted June 30, 2020 where the group agreed that its goal would be to ensure that the work of the Task Force reflect God’s nature, reconciliation and healing, and be congruent to the thoughts and the mission of Samford University.