News & Updates

Jul
27
2016
Why did you choose Baylor — Class size? Quality of education? Campus beauty? When you did choose Baylor, how much of that decision was based on how close it was to your hometown? For out-of-state students, the decision to leave home far behind to come to Baylor may not be easy. But for many Bears, that leap …
Jul
20
2016
“I was in the F.A.T. last semester, which is the Freshman Action Team. It’s kind of like a multicultural club. It was the pre-club for CBA [Coalition of Black Ambassadors]. I was going to join the NAACP next semester. I believe [Baylor] is 8% black, but we’re pretty much a community. … The diversity to …
Jul
18
2016
“I guess one [challenge] that’s obvious is that I don’t have one arm. I really love it when people straight up ask me. I’m just like, ‘Ask me! I’m really cool about it. I promise I won’t get scared. I’m not ashamed in any way.’ “Up until when I came here, I always had a prosthetic …
Jul
18
2016
July 16, 2016
Essay about the history of the song “We Shall Overcome” originally published in the Dallas Morning News by Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “People have been trying to shout down ‘We Shall Overcome’ for more than seven decades, and like those who sing it, the song has endured,” Darden wrote. His book, “Nothing but Love in God's Water: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City,” will be released in September.
Jul
13
2016
July 12, 2016
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, writes that people must speak out in the wake of racism and racist violence. "The ground beneath our feet is not white soil or black soil, Christian, Muslim or atheist . . . This is human soil beneath our feet."
Jul
11
2016
“I got a little notecard in the mail about the ‘First in Line’ program. I looked into it, and [it asked,] ‘Are you a first-generation student? Do you want to take classes during the summer and get used to it?’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool, because I’m very passionate about first-generation students, and …
Jul
11
2016
On Thursday, July 14, the This Matters Committee will host a panel of experts to provide different perspectives on the growing racial and ethnic tensions in America with a follow up discussion of how we ought to understand the events and respond to them.
Jul
8
2016
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — In a two-week exchange program, 22 students and four faculty members from Hong Kong traveled to Baylor University to interact with students and faculty from Baylor’s environmental science department and to learn about the culture and environment in Texas.
Jul
8
2016
July 7, 2016
Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, oversees the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which works to digitize and save often forgotten gospel music. The project has preserved nearly 5,000 recordings, and now, thanks to Terry Roller, professor in Baylor’s art department, almost three dozen songs have visual representations. Roller assigned his students to choose two or three songs each from the project and design paper sleeves for their original vinyl records.
Jul
6
2016
June 30, 2016
People who make decisions about what art they like may not be thinking about the art itself but may be more influenced by price, the opinion of art experts and whether people of whom they disapprove like it, writes arts columnist David A. Smith, Ph.D., a senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
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.
Feb
11
2016
Baylor and Beyond and The Center for Global Engagement will offer this presentation to gather students from both the US and the 79 countries represented at Baylor, student from all religious backgrounds to come together and discuss the ISIS worldwide issue with some of Baylor's experts on the Middle East and Texas's own Honorable State Representative Chet Edwards.
Feb
3
2016
WACO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2016) – The Campus Diversity Committee will host the 6th Annual Cultural Connection Celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Meyer Conference Center of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation (Foster 250).
Jan
15
2016
WACO, Texas (Jan. 15, 2016) - Baylor University will commemorate the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the national MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, and joining together at numerous events throughout the Waco and university communities.
Jan
15
2016
WACO, Texas (Jan. 15, 2016) – Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr has announced the appointment of faculty, staff and students to the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD).
Dec
10
2015
Late last week, the Provost shared with the Office of the President a copy of the report from the Provost’s Committee on Diversity. The Committee, chaired by Professor Heidi Bostic, worked with dedication over the course of the autumn. We are grateful for the Committee’s efforts.
Nov
11
2015
At Baylor University, we are firmly committed to the biblical admonition that we live in both unity with and love for one another (Romans 15:5). Consistent with our cherished Christian heritage, Baylor University earnestly seeks to support every single colleague on our campus.
Sep
21
2015
WACO, Texas (Sept. 21, 2015) – The world's best-selling faith-based hip-hop artist artist Lecrae brings his Anomaly Tour to Baylor University’s Waco Hall Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
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