How to Start a Network
Bringing together the Baylor family for the first time in your area will require some research with the Baylor Alumni Network team to understand the demographics of the area and determine together the best way to connect our alumni, parents, and friends.
Experience has shown that one of the most successful ways to engage alumni, parents, and friends while determining the viability of a group is to first focus on developing a Regional Network in your community.
This affords our volunteers the opportunity to bring together a diverse group of Baylor Bears and begin to determine if a regional, academic, parent, or affinity-based group might be supported as an avenue for developing meaningful relationships.
For more information about the networks we offer, see below.
Regional Baylor Networks
Regional Networks involve all Baylor alumni, parents, and friends in the area who are interested in relating to one another and to Baylor.
These Networks have an inclusive steering committee of 2-10 people who are willing to take a leadership role and support and promote Baylor events in your area. The Baylor Alumni Network team is available to assist you in identifying alumni, parents, and friends from various backgrounds to achieve energizing diversity within the group.
Regional Networks typically host 4-6 events each year. Event dates and topics are brainstormed and vetted through the Baylor Alumni Network team to help ensure the best use of time and resources for the University and the volunteers. Suggested events include:
- General events: something of interest to everyone--a singing group, a mixer, dinner, a known Baylor personality, or a recognized local Baylor graduate of interest
- Sports-focused meetings: watch parties or trips to see a team
- Business or profession-focused meetings
- Young Grad events: events aimed at engaging new graduates new to the alumni family
- Women's events: luncheons or activities featuring a female faculty member or administrator or a local woman of interest who is a Baylor alumna
Academic/Professional Baylor Networks
An Academic Network involves Baylor alumni, parents, and friends in an area who identify with a specific school or academic department at Baylor (e.g., Medical Humanities, The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the School of Education, the School of Music).
These networks have a steering committee consisting of a current staff or faculty member at Baylor in the academic area and 4-10 people who are willing to take a leadership role and support and promote Baylor events.
The leaders of the steering committee would be responsible for partnering with and providing feedback to the Baylor Alumni Network. They also contribute by recommending venues, recruiting steering committee members, providing input on how the event is structured, and suggesting local speakers of interest. They take a key role in securing the speakers and driving attendance for the event.
An Academic Baylor Network typically hosts 3-5 events each year. Suggested events include:
- General events: events featuring something of interest to everyone in the academic area
- Academic-focused meetings: gatherings, luncheons, or activities featuring a professor or a leader in the field
- Homecoming gatherings
- Special-interest events: events on campus, around Texas, or throughout the country in their field
Affinity Baylor Networks
Affinity Networks usually grow out of a successful regional network or an affinity/student group on campus that has the potential to bring constituents together.
These networks have a steering committee of 4-10 people who are willing to take a leadership role and to support and promote Baylor events within this affinity.
Affinity Networks typically host two or more events each year. Suggested events include:
- Homecoming reunion events
- Affinity interest events: events featuring something of interest to everyone in the affinity group
- Young Grad socials: events aimed at engaging new graduates in the alumni family
- Dinners: social events aimed at networking or fellowshipping
Baylor Parents Network Chapters
Baylor Parents Network Chapters link Baylor parents with the Baylor community and provides opportunities to better connect with the University and with other Baylor parents.
The motto of Parents Network--Parents Helping Parents--demonstrates that forming a chapter within your local community can be a meaningful way for parents to network and support each other after their students leave for college.
Local chapters grow in cities and towns, meeting Baylor families where they live. Baylor Parents Networks strive to connect parents in their own communities for fellowship and support of each other while Baylor students are studying on campus.
The Parents Network office is here to assist you in accomplishing the goals for your chapter. We strive to keep lines of communication open and give you the opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns you may have as the parent of a Baylor student.
Examples of events held by local Parents Network Chapters:
- Student Send-off Parties
- Parents in Prayer
- Bear Care Packaging Parties
- Parents Night Out
To start a Parents Network Chapter, contact the Parents Network at ParentsNetwork@baylor.edu.
To start a Regional, Academic & Professional, or Affinity Network, please contact Christie Harper, Assistant Director of Affinity Groups for Alumni Engagement, at Christie_Harper@baylor.edu.