Baylor University, a nationally ranked research institution with a focus on both academics and Chrisitan faith, is also a thriving campus where students, staff, and faculty alike can experience belonging within many communities and through many programs.
To the left, you'll find links to the many departments on campus that offer opportunities to get involved, to share stories, to build strong social ties, to serve our diverse world.
Below, you'll find information on a highlighted group of programs that focus on diversity and inclusion.
THIS Matters forums offer a series of discussion panels connecting leaders from diverse perspectives to offer context to society's most challenging questions. We attempt to address immediate, unanticipated or unprecedented issues that occur locally and globally, directly and indirectly affecting our campus community. We strive to provide a safe space for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to share ideas and enrich each other’s understanding of the topic. We do not attempt to provide solutions to complex issues or speak on behalf of University officials; instead, we create opportunities to promote dialogue and critical thinking as we further engage with difficult topics.
The Public Deliberation Initiative (PDI) at Baylor University is an initiative of critical deliberative democracy, activism, interdisciplinary collaboration, pedagogical research, student involvement, and training for ongoing community engagement. This initiative seeks to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members in constructive dialogue and deliberation that addresses important global and local issues and offers new perspectives for participants. Baylor's PDI strives to enhance local civic culture, to increase student/citizen participation in community problem solving, to expand collaborative decision-making on campus and in the local community, and to improve citizenship through civic pedagogy. Baylor PDI is a collaboration between Baylor Formation and Community Engagement and Service.
The Academy Lecture Series brings national and international speakers to campus to introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society. Presenters in the series identify a pressing social issue and discuss how they have worked to address that issue in their community. The series is open to the public .
Past lectures have included Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Jessica Cox, the first person to fly a plane without arms, Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, and Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, minister, author, civil rights leader, and close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.
In January 2017, in partnership with Better Together BU through Baylor Formation, the lecture series will include Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, author, and member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Better Together BU is a departmental program focused on religious diversity and cultural humility. This group is part of a national network of campuses and universities that are passionate about religious and interfaith literacy, sharing their stories, working together to solve global issues, and becoming better leaders and citizens. As part of Baylor Formation in the Office of Spiritual Life, this group models the Formation departmental values of Christian hospitality, responsibility, vocation and depth.
Beyond participating in the groups above, there are other ways to share your story with our community. Share a unique perspective of what you believe at Baylor This I Believe, a project that is collecting people's stories about something they hold to be true. Additionally, you can voice your prayers across campus at chalkboard prayer walls located at the Bobo and the SUB, the BU Prayer Wall, and at the Bobo Chapel or Elliston Chapel.