Virtual Town Hall
hosted by the Baylor Black Alumni Alliance and Baylor Alumni Latino Group
Monday, July 13
The Baylor Black Alumni Alliance and The Baylor Alumni Latino Group joined together to host a virtual Town Hall. Baylor professor and chair of the Journalism, Public Relations and New Media Department, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D. (MS '98, MA '01), served as the moderator. Panelists included:
- U. S. Congressman Colin Allred (BA '05)
- Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., President, Baylor University
- René Maciel (MS '91), Baylor Board of Regents and Missions Pastor, First Baptist Woodway
- Michael McFarland, Ph.D. (BBA '93, EdD '05), Baylor Board of Regents and Superintendent, Crowley ISD
Trailblazer Scholars Program
During the virtual Town Hall event, Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. announced the establishment of the Trailblazer Scholars Program, a scholarship program designed to recognize the importance of fostering diversity and mutual respect at Baylor University. Launching the program with $5 million in scholarship support, the University will actively engage alumni and donors to support growth in the program, with a goal of providing a cohort of 80 or more students scholarship support through Trailblazer Scholarships.
U.S. Rep. Colin Allred
Congressman Colin Allred (BA '05) served in the General Counsel’s office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Colin later returned home to Dallas and decided to run for office to represent the district he grew up in. He is dedicated to helping North Texas families gain the same opportunities he had to fulfill his dreams. Colin’s top priorities in Congress are working to lower health care costs, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and creating an economy that works for everyone.
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda A. Livingstone is the 15th president of Baylor University. She previously served as dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business, as dean and professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and as a tenured faculty member and associate dean of graduate programs at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. As Baylor's president, Dr. Livingstone has overseen the development of Baylor's strategic plan, Illuminate, which details Baylor’s pursuit of becoming a preeminent Christian research university, and the $1.1 billion comprehensive campaign that undergirds Illuminate, called Give Light.
A member of the Baylor University Board of Regents, René Maciel (MS '91) serves as the missions pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. He previously invested more than 31 years in higher education and administration with Baptist institutions including Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and Baptist University of the Américas. He most recently served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) from 2015 to 2016.
Michael McFarland, Ph.D.
A member of the Baylor University Board of Regents, Dr. Michael McFarland (BBA '93, EdD '05) is the superintendent of schools of Crowley ISD, where he serves more than 16,000 students across 25 campuses. Students have made significant academic gains under his leadership, with increases at every level and in every subject based on the most recent State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results. Dr. McFarland previously served as the superintendent of Lancaster ISD from 2010 to 2017, leading its transformation from a historically underperforming district to a nationally recognized, award-winning district.
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D.
Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez (MS '98, MA '01) is a Professor and Chair of the Baylor University Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media. She joined Baylor in 2001 and has maintained an active research portfolio in addition to her teaching and leadership roles. Her research emphasizes media framing of people of color, women and political candidates, the pros and cons of social media in political campaigns and she has examined how historical stereotypes are found in social media platforms.