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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.