Samford Together was an identity-based student organization which applied for recognition at Samford University in 2016. The stated goal of the group was, "to provide a forum for SU students who want to discuss topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity."
Samford Together was granted provisional status to operate as a campus organization in spring 2016, and was approved by the Student Senate that fall. The faculty senate followed up with a vote for the organization in April 2017. That step prompted statements of opposition from the leaders of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. On July 5 those state organizations issued an open letter to then-president Andrew Westmoreland, warning of "serious implications" if the organization were recognized, along with a "call to prayer" to individual Baptists. Westmoreland ultimately declined to bring the matter to the University's Board of Trustees, on the basis that even though it did not intend to conduct advocacy, that the publicity regarding its application would implicate the University in advocacy against its mission.
- Westmoreland, Andrew (April 28, 2017) "Update Regarding Proposed Student Organization". Samford.edu - accessed October 31, 2022
- Roach, David (May 1, 2017) "Samford considers pro-LGBT student group" Baptist Press
- "Alabama Baptists called to prayer over concerns about controversial student group at Samford." (July 5, 2017) The Alabama Baptist
- Bauer-Wolf, Jeremy (August 7, 2017) "At Samford, Another Party Heard From" Inside Higher Ed
- Griesbach, Rebecca (October 24, 2022) "Samford University denies student application to form LGBTQ group." The Birmingham News
- SAFE Samford website