As the fifth-poorest city in Texas, Waco desperately needs all the good that would stem from the Baylor School of Social Work's proposed poverty minor. University officials should realize the positive impact a program such as this could have on the community and approve the minor.
Waco long has been fortunate to have grass-roots activists like Mission Waco's Jimmy Dorrell and those in the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition. These are the people who choose not to waste energy wringing their hands over homelessness and use their energies to make a difference.
The Baylor University School of Social Work recently received the 2008 Texas Homeless Network Outstanding Community Service Award. The School of Social Work, now in its third year, was recognized for its involvement and continuous work with many organizations that help the homeless, such as the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition.
Baylor University's mission statement refers to educating its students for leadership and service on a worldwide scale, "integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community." By all accounts, the school could not have found a better man than David Garland, named interim president on Aug. 20, to lead in that mission.
The Baylor Board of Regents approved the recommendations of the Adequate Wage Task Force this summer, raising the minimum wage for permanent service workers from $5.85 to $7 per hour. Dr. Jon Singletary, assistant professor in the Baylor School of Social Work, has supported this cause since 2004.
When people say Baylor's Interim President Dr. David Garland has a sense of humor, they're not kidding. "My first attempt was to take the BU logo off the football helmets and put 'Truett' on there," Garland said. "It didn't go over so well."