Lunch & Learn with Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

Opportunities for Social Change
Thursday, April 15 | On Demand Video Premieres at 11 a.m. CDT

Spend your lunch break with the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work! Hear from Dean Jon Singletary, Ph.D., and find out how Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., is using her research in congregation-based social services and studying trends in faith-based initiatives to address disparities in wealth, health and food insecurity. Learn how Baylor's faculty and students are serving the community to create opportunities for social change.

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About our Speakers

Stephanie BoddieStephanie Boddie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries

Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of church and community ministries at Baylor with affiliations at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the School of Education. Dr. Boddie’s research explores congregation-based social services and trends in faith-based initiatives as well as social entrepreneurial approaches to address disparities in wealth, health, and food insecurity.

Dr. Boddie received her doctorate in social welfare and master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor's degree in natural science from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Boddie is co-director of the research, teaching and public history project, The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward. During her time at Carnegie Mellon University, she launched her research project, Unfinished Business: Religion & the Entrepreneurial Spirit. She has written numerous journal articles, reports and has co-authored four books, as well as co-produced four short films.

Jon SingletaryJon Singletary, Ph.D., Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Dean

Jon Singletary, PhD, MDiv, MSW, was appointed dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work in 2016 after having served as associate dean since 2011. He has held the Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair in Child and Family Studies in the School since 2010 and first joined the faculty in 2003. Dr. Singletary received his B.A. in Communications from Baylor in 1993. He received his M. Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and his M.S.W. and Ph. D. in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

At Baylor, Dr. Singletary directed the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries. In the Center, he helped lead $2 million of grant-related activities focused on studying congregational ministries that serve low-income communities. His scholarship has focused on a range of Christian ministries, including family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, his research has focused on Christian contemplative practices and the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual formation. Before coming to Baylor, he served as a Mennonite Pastor and a community organizer in Richmond, Virginia.

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