Our History


Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative, jointly sponsored by CES and Office of Spiritual Formation, was accepted into Kettering Foundation Joint Learning Exchange for New Centers.

CES added full-time Coordinator of Community Service.

CES expands service awards to include Outstanding Organization in Philanthropy.


CES launches Baylor CONNECT, a new online platform for volunteer management.

CES expands service awards to include Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Service Coordinator, and Outstanding Organization in Education & Advocacy.

CES Steppin’ Out Planning Committee receives Ruth Jackson Youth Leadership Award from Keep Texas Beautiful for their river clean-up efforts.

CES launches Project Bookworm to provide culturally relevant books to youth & mentors in mentoring programs.

CES adds new AmeriCorps VISTA positions to support veterans initiatives and re-entry of ex-offenders and new Community Health Corps position to support nutrition & health initiatives.

CES conducts study of community partner needs & experiences around service.


CES & Office of Spiritual Formation launches Public Deliberation Initiative with its first forum on immigration.

CES conducts study of student attitudes & perceptions around service.

CES joins NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Lead Initiative.


CES launches Community Chat Series to highlight social issues.

CES adds new AmeriCorps VISTA positions to support long-term recovery efforts in West, TX, following fertilizer explosion in April.

Baylor University adopts its new strategic plan, Pro Futuris, prioritizing informed (civic) engagement and affirming the institutional commitment to community engagement as part of our mission, our identity, and our focus.

The Division of Student Life, releases its strategic plan, adopting calling, community, wholeness, and citizenship as primary learning goals infused throughout programs supporting our campus population. CES maps on to these goals as we help students prepare, engage, and reflect on who they are, as individuals and as global citizens, and their role as leaders in working for positive social change.


The Office of Community Engagement & Service was created in 2012 as an effort to coordinate and advance community engagement across the division. Building on a long tradition of service, the CES office brought together existing programs and departments to create new infrastructure and capacity to support and advance community engagement.


The Chairperson of the Service-Learning/ Community Service (SLCS) Initiative Team issued their final report. Recommendations included the creation of an new office to support community engagement across campus.


The Vice President for Student Life established a Service-Learning/ Community Service (SLCS) Initiative Team and charged them with studying the landscape of community engagement and service currently existing at Baylor University. The team was composed of faculty, staff, AmeriCorps VISTA workers, and students to bring diverse and inclusive perspectives from both Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Life and to make recommendations about future direction of community engagement.