Reuniting Families Project
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Lori Baker, associate professor of anthropology at Baylor, the Reuniting Families Project aids in the identification and repatriation of undocumented immigrants who have died while crossing the border from Mexico into the United States.
As a faculty fellow in the Honors College, Dr. Baker takes a team of students to the border each summer so they, too, can learn from the hands-on experience of exhuming remains, performing forensic DNA and skeletal analyses, identifying missing people and bringing closure to families.
In addition to her work on the U.S.-Mexico border, Baker has worked throughout Latin America on the recovery and identification of remains of victims of human rights violations and assisted in the establishment of Mexico's database for missing nationals abroad.
Your gift to the Reuniting Families Project will support the remarkable work undertaken by Dr. Baker and her students and help expand the project's scope and impact.
Texas Hunger Initiative
The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) seeks to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, community organizing and community development. The THI model has gained national focus with partnerships with the United States Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services Commission, Department of State and more.
Almost 20 percent of Texans -- about 4.2 million people -- are food insecure, and Texas has the fifth highest food insecurity rate among children in the nation. Since THI's establishment in 2009, the program and its partners have decreased food insecurity and built sustainable models for a long-term hunger solution.
Your gift will help provide the means to serve more meals to Texas children, provide up-to-date, accurate research to be applied across the country and increase opportunities to engage Baylor students in addressing systemic change to reduce suffering.
Student Emergency Fund
A student's life can be unpredictable, and sometimes the surprises can be very challenging. The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who need help to deal with a temporary situation that would disrupt their studies at Baylor.
Awards may include but are not limited to car repairs, medical expenses (not covered by insurance), and emergency or unexpected transportation costs to assist with family situations. For families on a tight budget, the Student Emergency Fund can be a critical source of support.
Your gift will make it possible for Baylor students to overcome difficult circumstances so they can continue advancing toward their Baylor degrees.
Cost of average award for assistance $500
Campus Kitchens Project
Baylor students are making a difference through the Campus Kitchens Project, an emerging leader in community service for students and a resourceful anti-hunger program in communities around the country.
Working in dedicated groups, Baylor students prepare meals from scratch, including vegetables from a campus community garden, and deliver them to the Family Abuse Center and Mission Waco in the local community. Additionally, other volunteers pick up unused food from dining halls and deliver it to feeding agencies in Waco on a daily basis.
With your gift, you will be supporting Baylor students as they develop community-minded leadership and helping those in need receive much-needed, nourishing meals.
Pro Bono Legal Services
In keeping with Baylor's Christian mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service, the Baylor School of Law provides its students and faculty members with a range of opportunities to provide pro bono work to those who are in need of legal services but cannot afford to pay for them. In fact, since 2010 Baylor law students have devoted more than 3,600 hours to such free legal work.
The Law School's pro bono and public service programs include Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Immigration Clinic, National Adoption Day, a Veterans' Assistance Clinic and The People's Law School, a free half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate the public about their legal rights and to make the law user-friendly.
Your gift will strengthen the Law School's efforts to assist the poor and disadvantaged while instilling in students a professional responsibility to serve others in their communities.