Building Leaders at Baylor

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Waco Collegiate Forum

The Waco Collegiate Forum (WCF) and Summer Internship Program is an outreach program that connects students from across four area college campuses (of which Baylor is one) with each other and Greater Waco through a monthly forum and summer internship opportunities. For more information, please see the Waco Chamber of Commerce website, which directs and supports the WCF, here.

Act Locally Waco

Act Locally Waco seeks to improve the quality of life for all members of our Waco community. A non-profit, Act Locally pursues core aspirations

  • To improve the health of our children and to support healthy, safe lives for all. (More children in Waco will be born healthy and more residents of Waco will be healthy throughout their lives. We will all be safe.)

  • To prepare our children for success in school and beyond. (More children in Waco will start school ready to succeed, and more children will succeed through high school graduation and post-secondary education.)

  • To launch our young people into productive lives. (More young people in Waco will successfully make the transition from school to productive work that pays enough to establish a satisfying quality of life, and more will know how to manage resources wisely to sustain that quality of life.)

  • To gainfully employ our working-age population. (More Waco residents will find and keep jobs that pay enough to sustain a satisfying quality of life without the need of government assistance, and more will know how to manage their resources wisely to maintain that quality of life.)

  • To care for our elderly population. (More of the elderly people in Waco will have the resources they need to live out their lives with security and dignity.)

  • To support residents who face special challenges. (More Waco residents who face physical, mental, and social challenges will have the resources they need to live their lives with security and dignity.)

  • To align our social services and ministries effectively. (Ministries, social-services, and policy will be coordinated to effectively support upward mobility from economic dependence to independence where possible, and to effectively and respectfully serve those for whom independence is not possible.)

  • To strengthen our neighborhoods. (More of our neighborhoods and residential areas in Waco will be clean, safe, and attractive. Neighbors will work effectively together to accomplish common goals.)

  • To make our shared spaces beautiful. (More of our shared public spaces and commercial spaces will be clean, safe, attractive, accessible and accommodating.)

  • To energize our economic base. (Our local economy will create more job opportunities with the living wages needed to help employees achieve their goals.)

  • To empower ourselves as residents. (More of us will have the cultural, political, and leadership skills and sense of responsibility to advocate effectively for ourselves,our families and our communities. More people will participate in the collaborative work of making our city a great place to live for every person of every income level.)

    Act Locally publishes an online newsletter which includes guest blogs and an extensive list of what is happening in Waco. Act Locally also frequently offers internships to Baylor students. For more information and to subscribe to the Act Locally newsletter (which comes out each Friday), please see their website.

    Community Involvement in the City of Waco

    One need only survey the neighborhoods surrounding our campus to observe need in Waco. Baylor students can reach beyond their campus to serve their local community through organizations such as Mission Waco, the Talitha Koum Institute and Therapeutic Nursery, Compassion Ministries, the Waco Community Training Center, and the Methodist Children's Home. Students can also participate in Waco city government by serving on a city commission or board. Please read this recent invitation from the City of Waco for residents to consider serving in this capacity. Information for applying can be found here.

    This invitation to apply, from a previous year (page 1 and page 2), lists a number of boards and commissions for which the City of Waco seeks members.

    Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement

    In the effort to encourage and equip students to "live their calling," the University created the Academy "which was established in 2004 by the Division of Student Life at Baylor University to create a common place where diverse individuals studying, researching or practicing leadership in the context of a Christian worldview will benefit from collaboration. The purpose of fostering greater synergy among "leadership thinkers" is guided by an aspiration to provide a meaningful forum for talented Baylor students to develop their strengths in preparation for answering a call to sustained leadership in whatever their chosen vocations, whether they be service in public life, private enterprise, social issues, or the Church." For more information please see the Academy website here.

    Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series

    The Academy organizes and hosts a speaker series open to the entire Baylor community that "brings national and international speakers to campus to introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society. Presenters in the series identify a pressing social issue and discuss how they have worked to address that issue in their community."

    Spring 2014 topics: education equity, student success in higher education, freedom of religious expression in China, education and advocacy to stop human trafficking

    Spring 2015 topics: speakers from New York University (on education equity), the International Justice Mission, and the Equal Justice Initiative.

    For the current schedule of speakers, please see Speaker Series.

    Leadership Minor (within Educational Administration)

    A partnership between the School of Education (Educational Administration) and the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement (Division of Student Life), the Leadership Minor comprises 18 hours of courses. The key course for exploring the minor is LDS 1301: Introduction to Leadership, "Leadership Development provides insight into a student’s leadership strengths and developmental needs. It prepares students for leadership positions, focusing on topics such as a philosophy of leadership, the role of power and authority in leadership and goal setting for leadership development." To learn more about this minor, visit this website: Leadership Minor.

    The Philanthropy Lab & CCS 4310

    Dr. Andy Hogue, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Service, and faculty member in the Department of Political Science will offer a new course this fall: CCS 4310: Philanthropy and the Public Good. The course seeks to explore and study the "role of philanthropy and civil society in public problem solving with an introduction to ethics and importance of financial giving and community investments. Students will spend significant time outside class working with foundations and nonprofits."

    Dr. Hogue writes: "With the generous support of a major foundation, Baylor has become the 13th member of "The Philanthropy Lab" consortium as part of a nationwide program aimed to ignite students' interest and participation in philanthropy. Working with local nonprofits, students in the course will conduct important research on behalf of our community, assessing needs in areas such as homelessness, food insecurity, education, health and wellness, and multigenerational poverty. Students will then use actual monies ($100,000 in fact), directed in smart ways, to help meet important community needs."

    Civic Education & Community Service (CCS) Courses

    In addition to Dr. Hogue's CCS 4310, three CCS courses merit strong consideration for students seeking to cultivate themselves as servant-leaders:

    CCS 1100: Introduction to Citizenship and Community Service
    Volunteerism and community service as related to poverty, literacy, local political participation, mentoring, peer education, community law enforcement, gender, and neighborhood development. In addtion to one weekly classroom hour, a minimum of two hours per week of community service is required.

    CCS 2301: Leadership and Social Change
    Theory and practice of leading groups towards positive social change, emphasizing issues such as poverty, public education, and systemic inequality. A minimum of sixty hours of public service outside the class required.

    CCS 3300: Citizenship, Community, and Service Learning
    Intensive integration of of academic study with service learning opportunities in the community. Seminar discussions, readings, and personal reflection will enrich the community volunteer experience. A minimim of three hours per week of community service is required.

    Community Engagement & Service

    In keeping with Baylor's Christian mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service, the Office of Community Engagement and Service (CES) provides the campus-wide infrastructure for coordinating, supporting and advancing informed community engagement with the intention of leveraging the university's collective influence toward promoting positive social change. To that end, CES invests in vibrant pursuits:

    Student Growth--that Baylor students will grow to become informed, engaged leaders, and culturally competent, caring global citizens;

    Community Partnership--that Baylor, as an institution, will model outstanding citizenship and community partnerships on campus, in Waco and the world;

    Expertise Development--that Baylor, as a university, will be a center of expertise regarding the theory and practice of effective community engagement.

    Boundless opportunities for leadership await students within CES. Their office is located in Martin House. Visit their website here for more information.