Selah Vetter / Staff Writer
The Student Government Association at Samford University plans to kickoff the spring semester with numerous events on campus.
SGA and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives will partner together to host the Lead with Love series from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14. The Lead with Love series will kickoff Black History Month at the university. Events during this week educate students on diversity and inclusion of all ethnicities.
SGA will implement a new program called Common Ground on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in Harry’s Coffeehouse. Common Ground encourages students from different sides of the political spectrum to meet and discuss diverse viewpoints.
“Common Ground is an initiative that seeks to pair students of different political perspectives to engage in casual conversation in hopes of finding common ground among our shared humanity,” SGA President Heath Padgett said.
This kickoff event will be an introduction to the ongoing program. Two students with different political views will present a model conversation at the event. Students will be encouraged to participate in an online political survey. This survey pairs students with different political perspectives.
“Once paired, students will be given a conversation guide and a voucher for free coffee so that they can meet up at a time that is convenient for them,” Padgett said.
Students interested in joining SGA next year can attend the Candidate Interest Meeting on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in Brock Forum. Applications will open on Feb. 24.
“If students have any questions about elections or concerns that they would like SGA to advocate for, they can always stop by the new SGA Office in UC 260 where the Student Executive Board is now holding regular office hours,” Padgett said.