Published on February 22, 2022 by Sarah Waller  
Haun Named Leader in Diversity by BBJ

Courtney Haun, an assistant professor in Samford University’s School of Public Health, was honored as one of Birmingham Business Journal’s 2022 Leaders in Diversity award winners.

Haun, who also serves as the director of the school’s healthcare administration undergraduate program, was presented the award at the publication’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards ceremony and dinner on Feb. 11.

“It was such a special evening celebrating Birmingham leaders for their remarkable work in promoting practices that advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and throughout the community,” Haun said. “I am so honored to be named a recipient among this incredible group and to represent Samford University.” 

As a doctoral student, Haun participated in research on diversity and cultural competency and disseminated her research at conferences and through invited talks. Additionally, as a faculty member, her scholarly work has been supported by Samford’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives. 

“During my doctoral program journey, I was blessed with tremendous mentors and champions of diversity, equity and inclusion. They taught me the value of research, dissemination of findings, and living as an example of the changes wished for. Their great mentorship continues to motivate me as I am now in the mentor role for my students and colleagues. To be a difference-maker, I believe education is key, and I see my role as a leader in education as an opportunity to build a more equitable tomorrow.”

For Haun, who join Samford’s faculty in 2020, she says it has been a joy for her to see the collaboration and combined efforts taking place across campus, especially though the efforts of the Office of Diversity and Intercultural. “I see the continuation of this momentum taking place because of these sweeping efforts,” she said.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.