Samford University


May 6, 2013

Our Story

From Dr. David Chapman, Dean of Howard College of Arts and Sciences:

“Four years ago Samford inducted its first class of Latin American Scholars.  Although the students major in many areas--History,English, Economics, Communication Studies, etc.—they are all interested in the culture, history, and language of Latin America.  This year’s graduates from the program all completed a Latin American Studies minor, including a trip to Ecuador to immerse themselves in the culture.  Among these first graduates are those who will be serving in faraway places, like Caroline Burkhardt who will be teaching English in China and Kyle Young who will be teaching at an international school in La Paz, Bolivia.  Others, like Kelsie Robinson, plan to work with the Hispanic community here in Birmingham. Some are pursuing graduate school opportunities, such as Jenae’ Steele who has been accepted at the University of Texas Law School and plans to use her law degree to work on social justice issues.  At graduation this group will be wearing yellow, blue and red cords as a reminder of their Ecuadorian experience and an expression of their love for Latino cultures, both here and abroad.”

The world is better because of the global commitment of Samford’s Latin American Scholars.



Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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