Chris Kyle Frog Foundation awards GSSW $100K grant
$200,000 in Holiday Grants awarded to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to fund evidence-based marital and mental health counseling programs for military and first responder marriages.

Waco ISD & GSSW enter grant partnership
Faculty from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University returned to the Waco Independent School District’s board of trustees Thursday with a revised plan to assist the struggling district.

The social work faculty, along with members of the School of Education, presented a plan in January titled Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive, or BEAR, to help multiple Waco ISD campuses reduce student behavior issues linked to cognitive challenges. The district would have paid a combined cost of $1.5 million to the Baylor schools over three years.

Study: Social workers struggle to talk faith in practice
New research by a Baylor University professor shows that licensed clinical social workers believe that discussions about their clients’ religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions.

GSSW partners with Waco ISD & BU SOE on possible $1.5M grant

Some Waco schools could be getting additional help next fall if the Waco Independent School District board of trustees awards funding to Baylor University to assist Waco ISD administrators with behavior improvement and family relationship building.

Titled the Be Emotional Aware and Responsive — or BEAR — Project, four Baylor staff members and 16 graduate students will offer help to six campuses with needed improvements, such as classroom management and student behavior.

If the board approves the project Thursday, the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and the School of Education would receive a total of about $1.5 million over three years to pay for staff and research.


HS seniors participate in Invitation to Excellence at BU
Twice a year, high-achieving high school seniors are invited to campus to participate in a weekend of activities to introduce potential students to Baylor’s academic rigor and exceptional faculty. With participation comes a $2000 scholarship and an opportunity to apply for a full tuition Faculty Scholarship.

At the end of January, 120 prospective students joined an interdisciplinary group of 14 faculty members from the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work to work through a scenario entitled “Meeting the Health Care Needs of Our Neighbors”.

GSSW rises in the national rankings
"The School was celebrated for Diana’s leadership in ways that have helped increase our ranking year after year; now, as the School is honored to carry her name, we will continue to be recognized for the ways she shaped our teaching and research endeavors," Singletary said. "Year after year, Diana reminded us that we work hard, not for this recognition, but because we are called to be faithful. We have a history of not paying attention to the numbers that are counted by these scores, but to the impact we hope to have because of our commitment to quality education and scholarship. However, it is an honor to be recognized by our peers, and I am grateful that they see the quality of what we are doing."

Baylor names Singletary new SSW dean
Baylor University named Jon Singletary dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work on Thursday.

Singletary has served as the school’s interim dean since June 2015. He succeeds Diana Garland, the school’s first dean, who died in September after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Interim Provost Todd Still said he made the decision after “an extensive, painstaking national search.”

"Soul care" for Alzheimer patients
This article about “soul care” for people with dementia quotes James Ellor, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the doctorate program in the School of Social Work. When Ellor was a chaplain at a Chicago nursing home, he discovered that people with Alzheimer’s might not remember recent events or even recognize their children, but they could remember beloved hymns from their childhoods, and many could recite Bible verses they learned as children.

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Dr. Yancey named Master Teacher
So very proud...
Our very own Dr. Gaynor Yancey was one of only three university faculty members recently named Master Teacher. So deserving! Congratulations, Dr. Yancey, and to all! #SicEm Click here to read more.

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Houston graduate plans to work with at-risk youth
William Flakes, 35, of Houston celebrated earning his Master of Social Work degree Friday afternoon at Baylor University.

Flakes is among the first cohort of students to graduate from Baylor's online advanced standing social work program in Houston.

He said he plans to start a non-profit for kids in his hometown of Houston.

"I never would've imagined a person from where I'm from would have made it to a place like Baylor but the fact that they took a shot on me I'm so grateful for that," he said.

Flakes grew up Houston's Third Ward community surrounded by violence and drugs.

He said he knew there was much more to life and one day imagined himself mentoring kids.

Is Your Child At Risk To Be Recruited For Human Trafficking? Know the Signs, Expert Says
Elizabeth Goatley, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, studies human trafficking. In this story, she identifies several signs that parents and guardians should look for to determine whether their children are at risk to be recruited for human trafficking. "Each year, there are 30,000 to 40,000 children at risk for trafficking recruitment,” Goatley said. "Some common places for recruitment are schools, bus stations, homeless shelters, malls and on the Internet."

What caretakers can do when their patient believes God has abandoned them
Dr. Jim Ellor was the featured expert in an article about speaking to and working with patients who hold negative spiritual beliefs. It was picked up in the Huffington Post. Read the full article here.

Editorial: Diana Garland’s influence will endure

One can appreciate Diana Garland’s life in a multitude of remarkable ways, but two stand out in terms of her legacy. First, more than most, as founding dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, she exemplified efforts by scholars piercing the so-called “Baylor bubble” to make a significant impact benefiting her neighbors and fellow residents. That includes leading a school numbering some 300 in setting up new digs downtown, not on campus, in 2011. We were glad to call her neighbor.


Judge Ken Starr celebrates the Pope and Diana Garland

[...] This week, as we eagerly anticipated the papal visit, we bade farewell to Baylor’s modern-day saint, Dean Diana Garland, whose name now graces Baylor’s School of Social Work. In her own way, Diana was — like Pope Francis — an unforgettable person whose message of love and hope transcended the brokenness of our world. Diana will always be remembered as a pioneer — a visionary who saw with intellectual and emotional power the invaluable role of Christian commitment in the surpassingly important field of social work. [...]


Regents Vote to Change Name of School
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2015) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, Ph.D., who has announced that she will step down from her position June 1 and return to faculty.

Baylor starting satellite social work graduate program in Houston


Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture Will Explore Faith and Film
WACO, Texas (Oct. 16, 2014) -- "Faith and Film" will be the theme of the 2014 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture. Hosted by the Institute for Faith and Learning and the Institute for Studies of Religion, the conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25.

Crisis Intervention Team from Baylor Receives State Award for Volunteer Efforts in West
James W. Ellor, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Social Work at Baylor, and Sara Dolan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, have been chosen for a major state award for their volunteer crisis intervention work in the city of West following the fertilizer plant explosion in April in which 15 people were killed.

Gift from Leader in the Care of Aging Adults Establishes Endowed Chair in Baylor's School of Social Work
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift from Danny and Lenn Prince of Dallas, Texas, that will establish the Danny and Lenn Prince Chair in the School of Social Work.

Special Fall Worship Service to Be Held in September
The Baylor School of Social Work will hold its annual Fall Worship Service Thurs., Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary Chapel with three very special guests.

Baylor University to Hold Rethink Mission Conference in September
Schools and departments from around the University are coming together to sponsor the Rethink Mission Conference in September.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market Accepts SNAP Benefits
WACO (December 8, 2012)--The Waco Downtown Farmer's Market began accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, today.

The Texas Hunger Initiative is working with local organizations like Caritas and the Hunger Coalition to inform people who use SNAP that their benefits can be used at the farmer's market.

SSW Seeks to Fill Three Faculty Positions
The School of Social Work invites applications for two positions of tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor, full-time positions beginning August 2013. The School of Social Work also invites applications for the position of Lecturer, a full-time position also beginning August 2013.

Please visit to learn more.

Baylor, the SSW and Waco Create New Waco ISD Position to Aid Community
The Waco Independent School District, the City of Waco and Baylor University are collaborating with other local organizations to create a new community-wide position that will tackle poverty in Waco: the chief administrative officer for community and family outreach.

Baylor-hosted Hunger Summit Digs into Roots of Poverty
The Southwest Regional Hunger Summit drew more than 200 people from across Texas and surrounding states to search for solutions to hunger and related issues.

The event was organized by the Texas Hunger Initiative, which operates from the Baylor School of Social Work. The event drew several nonprofit group officials involved in Waco's "Poverty to Prosperity" initiative, along with Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr.

SSW names Kentuckian as Alumna of the Year
Baylor University School of Social Work recognized Darla Bailey of Louisville, Ky., as the Baylor School of Social Work Honorary Alumna of the Year. Bailey is founder of an innovative day health center for adults with disabilities--a previously underserved population in the Louisville area.

The Weight of the World: GML Cover Story in Baylor Magazine
The Global Mission Leadership Initiative in Baylor's School of Social Work brings international leaders to Waco, equips them to be agents of change in their home countries, then sends them back out to impact the world.

Hogg Scholars Announced at Baylor's School of Social Work
Baylor University graduate students Lizeth Castillo, Carolina Fuentes and Andres Felipe Monsalve have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. This is in addition to Bea Florez, who continues to benefit from a previous Hogg scholarship, while completing work on her master's degree in the Baylor School of Social Work.

Military Family Coping Project Receive Funding for Phase II of Research
An interdisciplinary team of Baylor University faculty, hosted and guided by the Baylor School of Social Work, has received a one-year grant of $350,000 to fund Phase II of the Military Family Coping Project, a collaborative research effort to study pre-deployment stress among Soldiers, their spouses and parents. The research is supported by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).

GML Initiative moves ahead thanks to generous gift


THI kicks off No Kid Hungry statewide campaign


Baylor School of Social Work welcomes alumni from Carver School


Ministry Seeks to Share God's Love with Strangers Among Us
Two Baylor Social Work interns minister through LUCHA in Virginia.

Baylor grad uses art to capture hunger issues


Social Work Alum Wins Spirit Award


"You Are What You Eat" Photo Exhibit at School Open House
Award-winning photographer and Baylor School of Social Work alumnus Mark Menjivar will bring his exhibit "You Are What You Eat" to the School of Social Work March 14 through April 29.

The exhibit is the centerpiece of the School's open house from 5 to 7 p.m. March 16 at its new location at 811 Washington Ave. Diana Garland, dean of the school, and Waco city officials will speak at 5:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Tanya Smith Brice
Race and the church - Tanya Smith Brice, professor of social work at Baylor University in Texas, is researching the history of race relations in Churches of Christ. She and her family attend the Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas.

Looking to find your center of creativity? Unplug
Dad, I want you to confiscate all my technology this weekend so I can find the creative center of myself."

These words of wisdom from our middle child, the comedic genius of the family, brought many laughs and "likes" as I posted it to Facebook. He made this request coming home from dinner Friday night, but it was during bedtime prayers that he men-tioned this was a recommendation of his second-grade teacher. It then began to make more sense to me; however, the wisdom from the mouth of one of my babes still floored me.

Fridges Speak Volumes
San Antonio Express News, January 13, 2011 (Baylor graduate Mark Menjivar's photos of people's refrigerators for his photo exhibit "You Are What You Eat" are on display in San Antonio) They say you can learn a lot about a person by the kind of car he drives, the shoes he wears, the company he keeps. Mark Menjivar says we can learn a lot about people by what's inside their refrigerators.

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