Diversity Updates

Mar
27
2017
Baylor is embarking on a University-wide survey meant to measure perceptions of respect, cooperation, diversity, inclusiveness, accessibility and support among our university community.
Mar
20
2017
WACO, Texas (March 20, 2017) – The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) at Baylor University has received a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to continue its work to end hunger in Texas.
Mar
14
2017
WACO, Texas (March 14, 2017) – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. From 1867 to 1884, millions of herds of cattle traveled the route in the largest man-made migration of animals in history. Museums and historical centers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are having events honoring the anniversary of the last trail of its kind and the end of the old cowboy lifestyle.
Mar
13
2017
WACO, Texas (March 13, 2017) – Baylor University will host the 23rd annual Beall Poetry Festival March 15-17, bringing three Irish poets and one poetry critic to campus.
Mar
13
2017
WACO, Texas (March 13, 2017) — “Muslims and the Making of America,” a lecture by author Amir Hussain, Ph.D., professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be presented on Thursday, March 16, at Baylor University.
Mar
8
2017
When you’re training future leaders for worldwide service, the ability to immerse students in a culture different from their own is clearly a valuable thing. That’s why many Baylor School of Education (SOE) students are spending their spring breaks this week in Queretaro, Mexico — as part of the university’s first “embedded classroom.” What, you might ask, is …
Mar
8
2017
When Baylor was chartered in 1845, it was the first (or one of the first, depending on the source) coeducational college or university west of the Mississippi River — about 10 years before any public institution of higher learning would introduce mixed-gender learning, and a full 75 years before American women were guaranteed the right to vote. Since that groundbreaking …
Mar
8
2017
WACO, Texas (March 9, 2017) – As millions of Christians worship illegally in officially atheist China, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has gotten worse in recent years, according to a new report from U.S.-based NGO Freedom House.
Feb
23
2017
Baylor Mobile Food Pantry
To help lessen the food insecurity that some students experience, a group of faculty, administrators, and community partners have combined efforts to offer a Mobile Food Pantry offering food for free. This event will be Thursday, March 2nd from 11 am-2 pm in the 7th and James paring lot.
Feb
23
2017
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. until noon, OCR representatives will be on campus on the second floor of the Student Union Building to host open office hours. During this time, students, faculty and staff may stop by and visit with OCR representatives one-on-one.
Feb
19
2017
Waco Black History Exhibit in Final Days
The "Footprints of African Americans in McLennan County" exhibit at Historic Waco Foundation's Fort House is ending it's 4-month run on February 28. The exhibit features items that represent a cross section of black life and culture.

Photo by Waco Tribune Staff Photographer Rod Aydelotte
Feb
17
2017
WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – Award-winning astrophysicist Jedidah Isler, Ph.D., will lecture in the Academy for Leadership Development Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St.
Feb
1
2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 1, 2017) — Faith-based organizations are at the forefront of addressing root causes of homelessness, providing not only the majority of emergency shelter beds but innovating long-term solutions, a new study by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion concludes.
Jan
30
2017
WACO, Texas (Jan. 30, 2017) – Baylor University’s continued commitment to meeting the needs of students took another step forward today with the creation of the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. Made possible by a $2.5 million gift from Bob and Laura Beauchamp of Houston, the multifaceted program will dramatically enhance Baylor’s efforts to foster the holistic well-being of its students in a manner that reflects the University’s values as a Christian community where wholeness, spiritual growth and academic success are priorities.
Jan
30
2017
We at Baylor University are committed through our Christian convictions to practices that support hospitality, community, respect and the open exchanges of ideas across our world. Baylor is proud to host more than 800 students and scholars from more than 70 countries and to be served by faculty and staff who hail from countries worldwide. As a university, we recognize that cross-national efforts are vital to academic advancement, cultural appreciation and educational development that lead to mutual understanding within the global community.
Jan
19
2017
50 Years After Graduation: Celebrating Baylor's First Black Graduates
When Rev. Robert L. Gilbert became Baylor's first African-American graduate 50 years ago, he had survived the battles with prejudice and misunderstanding that are common with cultural trailblazers. The challenges he faced as one of the few African-American students at a newly integrated school were only a fraction of the painful struggles that he overcame during his short but eventful life.

Minutes after Robert Gilbert became the university's first African-American graduate, Barbara Walker received her diploma and became Baylor's first female African-American graduate.

While Gilbert and Walker shared the stage at that historic commencement, their experiences at Baylor were quite different. Gilbert remembered his Baylor years as a time of struggle against both racial prejudice and physical disabilities, and he didn’t join in many campus groups or activities. By contrast, Walker looks back fondly on her Baylor years as a time of exciting personal growth when she found good friends among students of all races.
Jan
19
2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. events and hours of operation.
Jan
16
2017
“Dreaming” In Stereo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project
Eric S. Ames shares a reflection on the different creative works that were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream speech." These works were discovered as part of the research and work of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Eric S. Ames is Curator of Digital Collections, Digital Projects Group; Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies; Affiliate Library Liaison, Department of Museum Studies.
Jan
13
2017
WACO, Texas (Jan. 13, 2017) – Two Baylor University professors traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to join former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios in the launch of Empowerment 2020, her movement to empower women leading up to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Dec
2
2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 2, 2016) – Three members of Baylor University’s Model United Nations team were honored at the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, Illinois, last week.
Dec
1
2016
Nov. 28, 2016
AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden takes a look at jubilee, a gospel music styling that could be the root of Doo-Wop, the popular 1950s genre. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.
Nov
29
2016
In January, we introduced you to Allison Dickson, JD ’07, the 2007 Baylor Law valedictorian who refused to let a lifelong battle with a muscular condition deter her from her dreams. Allison lives with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, which leads to atrophy of her spinal muscles. Simple tasks like lifting paper and books can be difficult — …
Nov
15
2016
[Earlier this month, a team from across Baylor and Waco organized a Free Farmers Market as part of an effort to make sure BU students — particularly the food insecure — have accessible, nutritious food. Learn more here.] “One of the national issues being talked about in higher ed is student hunger on college campuses. My …
Nov
14
2016
Baylor’s mission as an institution of higher learning compels us to embrace diversity – of ideas, ways of thinking, experiences, and, crucially, participation by the full spectrum of humanity. Its mission as a faith-based institution compels us to embrace diversity with love, compassion, charity, respect, and with the humility that comes from being equal participants in the shared human experience.
Nov
14
2016
A large and diverse group of Baylor students, faculty, staff, and administrators joined together to support Natasha “Tasha” Nkhama as she walked from class in the Tidwell Bible Building to the Baylor Science Building on Friday morning. The gathering, “I Walk With Natasha,” was prompted to show support in the wake of a racist incident…
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