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Samford University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229
(205) 726-2011
Email address
School Information
“Samford University is a leading nationally ranked Christian university. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Homewood, the university’s campus covers approximately 247 acres and is renowned for its beauty and Georgian-Colonial style architecture. The university currently enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries” ( Furthermore, the school has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school will "track required cultural competency education and training for all Samford students, employees, and leadership.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In the 2022 Diversity Action Plan, Samford states the intent to craft “a framework for learning and practice that intentionally infuses aspects of racial justice and promotes harmony for all of God’s diverse creations" within their curriculum. Along this line, the plan incorporates a goal to “incorporate elements of racial justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion content into the core curriculum at Samford.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • DEI training will now be a hiring requirement, since the school will “update the training of all new and internal hires to include diversity/inclusion training.”
  • The school offers additional incentives for faculty to work in diversity and inclusion. For example, the school will “Incorporate recognition for faculty’s work in diversity and inclusion as a part of promotion and tenure evaluation.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The school plans to “determine and increase scholarship funds for students of color.”
  • On November 2, 2022, Samford announced, “The Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice minor was approved by Samford in the spring and went live in fall 2022.”
  • Events related to DEI will be offered on a regular basis. This includes the school’s goal to “provide campuswide activities including guest speakers that are relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion work/goals that are aligned with the Racial Justice Task Force and the Diversity Action Plan recommendations.”
Symbolic Actions
  • On February 15, 2022, Samford announced that the school “officially dedicated its Racial Reconciliation Memorial during a public worship service on campus.”
  • In 2020, “the university embarked on a racial reconciliation initiative–forming a Task Force on Racial Justice, endorsed by then-President Andrew Westmoreland and led by the provost and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.”
Last updated April 11th, 2024
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