Staff

Baylor & Beyond Program Director 

Leia Duncan

Leia_Duncan@baylor.edu

I was born in London and have lived in various locations throughout the UK, Cyprus, and the United States.  I have also travelled extensively and have developed a passion for learning about culture and community.

I received my BA (hons) in English Literature from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from the Institute of Education in London, and my MA in Youth and Family Ministry in Tennessee. After teaching in Europe for many years, I moved to the US with my husband in 2007 and began working in higher education shortly after. Together, we joined the Baylor family in 2012, where I worked in Campus Living and Learning for several years. My passion for global communities partnered with my commitment to education led me to the role of Program Director at Baylor & Beyond LLC in May 2019. I strive to create a real home and community for the North Russell residents and I love meeting students from all over the country and the world. In addition to travelling, I like to read, cook, bake, and watch movies, TV shows, and plays. 


North Russell Residence Hall Director

Hayley Thomas

Hayley_Thomas@baylor.edu

I attended Mississippi State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. While attending Mississippi State University, I became very involved in many student organizations, often serving in a leadership role. I fell in love with serving and advocating for students. As a result, I looked to serve in a professional capacity which led me to attending the University of Central Arkansas and receiving my master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration.

Now that I am here at Baylor, my hope is that I can aid in creating an environment in which students can thrive and grow as their authentic selves with the support needed to be successful in their endeavors. I value learning about other cultures and creating communities where we can all celebrate and learn from one another. I love hearing about students’ unique experiences and love it when students drop by my office to chat! In my spare time, I love to read, cook, and Netflix.


Baylor & Beyond Faculty Director

Rosalie Barrera

Rosalie_Barrera@baylor.edu

As the faculty director, my primary job in the hall is to coordinate our neighborhood program, mentor our neighborhood leaders, and make connections between our student groups and academic/co-curricular units on Baylor’s campus. Aside from this, I teach first- and second-year Spanish. I am also the faculty advisor for Baylor’s Gymnastics Club and Gamma Alpha Omega, a multi-cultural sorority. I was born and raised in a small Texas border town called San Juan. I left San Juan to attend Williams College in Massachusetts where I majored in English and Spanish. I speak both pretty proficiently! I received my MA in Spanish literature and linguists from Baylor. On my spare time, I like hiking, kayaking and yoga—preferably in locations abroad. My office is in Old Main 380 if ever you would like to chat. 


 

Baylor & Beyond LLC

Baylor & Beyond Living Learning Center
One Bear Place #97391
Waco, TX 76798-7391

(254) 710-4124