Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity at Baylor University

As a University committed to our Christian faith-and maintaining our Baptist heritage - we believe that all truth is open to inquiry. As such, Baylor has a strengthened commitment to diversity - to exploring unique perspectives, seeking the unfamiliar, and loving our brothers and sisters of different heritages and experiences. By diversifying the breadth of knowledge and enlarging the cultural horizons encountered at Baylor University, our mission of preparing future generations for worldwide leadership is being fulfilled.

~President Ken Starr

News & Updates

May
5
2016
The University's emphasis on diversity and inclusion is enhanced through the work of the President's Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) and the Special Assistant to the President on Diversity as well as through crucial dialogue with student leaders from diverse student organizations, including the NAACP. The May 2016 summary below outlines improvements and initiatives that have been undertaken across the University. The commitment is to build a strong foundation for a community of respect, character, cultural literacy and leadership. Through the coming months, the PACD and Special Assistant will continue to meet with faculty, staff, and students in order to collectively build upon these areas of progress and facilitate new initiatives that strengthen our community.
Apr
11
2016
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2016) – Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Palacios, Ph.D., dean for student development in the Division of Student Life and a Baylor faculty member, to the post of special assistant to the President on diversity. With 35 years in higher education, Dr. Palacios has been instrumental in collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community on a variety of diversity-related advancements. While she will continue her responsibilities as dean, she will begin immediately to devote a portion of her time to this additional role and will work closely with the President and the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) as progress continues in this important area.
Apr
2
2016
WACO, Texas (April 4, 2016) – "The History of Human Rights," a lecture series by prominent historian Lynn Hunt, Ph.D., will be presented at the 38th Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures at Baylor Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5.
Mar
30
2016
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2016) – The President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) has announced its timeline for facilitating an active campus-wide conversation regarding the University’s Christian commitment to diversity and communicating progress as it works over the coming months.
Mar
4
2016
WACO, Texas (March 8, 2016) – The Baylor University Academy for Leader Development will host the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in Waco Hall.
Feb
26
2016
WACO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2016) – The 22nd Annual Women's History Month Lecture, "Gender and the Politics of Invisibility: Making Historical Sense of Enforced Disappearance in Post-Colonial Uganda," will be presented by Alicia Decker, Ph.D., associate professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies and African studies at Pennsylvania State University.