External Affairs

The office of External Affairs is inspired to lead, engage, support and celebrate the collective impact of Waco and Baylor.


Dec. 4, 2019
Mission Waco's Jubilee Food Market
You are what you eat. The age-old saying is rooted in the belief that to be healthy, you have to eat healthy. From your ability to perform academically to maintaining positive relationships to mental health, one's diet significantly impacts their overall wellbeing in countless ways. Unfortunately, 37.2 million of our fellow Americans live in homes that are deemed as food insecure by the USDA. Food insecure means that they are unsure of where their meal will come from. In addition, they have little-to-no access to nutritious food and are likely to have unbalanced diets and skip meals. Food insecure homes are found to be most prevalent in areas deemed as food deserts. Food deserts are defined as areas with high rates of poverty and low rates of access to a grocery store, where residents are capable of purchasing nutritious food.
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Nov. 20, 2019
Darius Brown and Becoming Better Boys/Grow Girls
Listen, if you want to see a change, you have to be the change. Each day Darius Brown embodies this statement through both his profession and passion for serving his community. Darius, a native of Hillsboro and 2010 graduate of Waco ISD, is employed with the district as a police officer, a career path that he set for himself as a child, wanting to change the narrative on how males within his family interacted with the criminal justice system. Darius's service to the community extends far beyond his place of employment as he is often found volunteering at Meals on Wheels and Glory Bell Church, where he leads their youth ministry. In 2017, Darius, alongside his fiancÚ Micah Root, started the youth mentoring organization Becoming Better Boys/Grow Girls.
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Nov. 13, 2019
Waco Restaurant Week
At Dichotomy in downtown Waco, steaming cup of coffee in hand—Carole Fergusson—the woman behind Waco Restaurant Week, shared her heart for Waco, commitment to the community, and why timing was right for the inaugural Waco Restaurant Week. Six years ago, after watching the Houston community rally for a month-long restaurant and food scene celebration, Carole couldn't shake the feeling that this type of event was something Waco needed. After taking on a role at Start Up Waco, working with entrepreneurs of all types, including ones launching restaurants and mobile food options, she rallied her resources and started planning. What resulted from her efforts was Waco Restaurant Week, a one-week, city-wide event benefiting Caritas, a local organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in Waco.
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Oct. 30, 2019
Rachel E. Pate
Passion! Vision! Heart! Those words do not quite do justice to Rachel E. Pate in describing the charismatic and affable leader. As the Vice President of Economic Development at the Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce (CTAACoC) and a Waco-native, Ms. Pate often waxes poetic on the unprecedented growth and economic development across the city's landscape in recent years by sharing her excitement for Baylor Football's move from Floyd Casey Stadium downtown to McLane Stadium, the Magnolia Market, and the Elm Avenue revitalization. She has played a leading role in championing opportunities for Wacoans to thrive. Pulling from her background as a small business owner, through the CTAACoC, she helps entrepreneurs, women, and people of color to pursue their dreams.
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Waco, TX 76706

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Waco, TX 76798