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Baylor University’s Office of Community Engagement & Service, the Department of Film and Digital Media and the Fine Arts Living & Learning Center will host a free viewing of the award-winning documentary, “MAKARIOS: A Rising Tide” followed by a Q&A session with film producer Kristen Cox. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 28 in Hankamer School of Business’ Kayser Auditorium.

Winner of the White Lotus Award for Social Consciousness in Filmmaking at the Macau China International Digital Cinema Festival, “MAKARIOS: A Rising Tide” explores the story of remote Dominican Republic preschool, Makarios. Along with education, the school also provides food, vitamins, clothing and medical care as a part of a sponsorship program.

The documentary invites viewers to recognize the harsh reality of these villagers, the animosity between Dominicans and Haitians and the cycle of extreme poverty.

Kristen Cox, Baylor alumna and president and CEO of 16x9 Productions will answer questions following the film. The Wells Project student organization will sell Dominican Joe Coffee, an Austin-based coffee shop that supports the Makarios nonprofit organization

“This is an event that will highlight that everyone’s strengths can be used for making a big difference. You don’t have to be a founder of a philanthropic organization to be a humanitarian. You can be a filmmaker or a coffee barista,” said Chloe Toohey, an event organizer and AmeriCorps VISTA for Poverty Education placed in the Office of Community Engagement & Service.

Additional information about the film and nonprofit organization can be found at


MLK Day of Service 2013

The Baylor office of Community Engagement & Service partnered with The Campus Kitchen Project at Baylor University and the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition to create a Day of Service in Waco on MLK Day 2013. The Campus Kitchen Project led a group of around 75 students in preparing box lunches and delivering to nearly 300 volunteers at six different community garden sites in and around Waco. Student and community volunteers planted, pruned, and prepped the gardens for their next harvest. Staff and AmeriCorps/VISTAs of Community Engagement and Service led a short reflection piece at each garden, encouraging participants to share their ideas about what it means to keep the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive.


Fall 2012 Steppin’ Out Event a Success

Since 1985, thousands of students at Baylor University have taken the initiative to spend a Saturday in the greater Waco community, serving agencies, families, churches and public areas as part of the bi-annual Steppin’ Out service event.

This year’s event, held November 10th, over 2400 students from more than 100 organizations volunteered to work at 55 different sites completing projects ranging from painting homes to reviving yards.

The Campus Kitchen at Baylor University Hosts Another SuccessfulTurkeypalooza!

Thank you to everyone who donated to and/or helped out with Turkeypalooza!! This year we raised over $2500!! Over $1800 of this total went toward local restaurant gift cards for homeless families with children in Waco ISD. Three different restaurants will provide at least 90 people with a special meal in walking distance of their current residence. The remaining donations helped purchase 78 pies, 158 pounds of rice, 1224 rolls and 70 boxes of stuffing for Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry. Combined with their other donations, Shepherd’s heart Food Pantry was able to serve over 900 families this Thanksgiving! Thank you again to everyone who was a part of this incredible Thanksgiving event!!

September BIPI Meeting

On Friday, September 14, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative (BIPI) Advisory Board met for their first monthly meeting of the semester. Among many important topics discussed were the successful poverty-focused internships of this past summer and the exciting new Minor in Poverty and Social Justice. For more information, check out the September issue of the BIPI newsletter here.

Minor in Poverty

•Are you interested in serving others in an effort overcome poverty?
•Do you feel called to work for social justice in our world?
•Do you want to develop the skills to help others develop their own capabilities to improve the situations they face?
•Are you interested in studying what English, Economics, and Engineering all contribute to ending poverty and promoting justice?

If so, the Minor in Poverty Studies and Social Justice is for you. This minor allows you to design an interdisciplinary study of these issues in a way that is relevant to you. The minor includes three required courses and three courses that you can choose on your own.
Click here to learn more about the requirements for the minor.
This minor is part of the academic foundation and a central focus of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative, designed to create a catalyst for social change around issues of poverty, social justice and human capabilities.