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Oct
15
2020
"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothingcan be changed until it is faced," wrote the late American author James Baldwin. With this premise, our office is excited to embark on a new initiative to raise awareness of injustices within our community.
Oct
8
2020
Revolve: Welcoming Food Trucks to Campus
Last year, in a partnership the first of its kind, Common Grounds—along with other local favorites within the extended Common Grounds brand family—set up shop in the Bill Daniel Student Union Building campus to accommodate increasing appetites for their offerings, particularly from the on-campus community. This trailblazing partnership with Aramark paved the way to the University’s latest collaboration with Baylor Dining, Revolve.
Oct
1
2020
City of Waco Receives Music Friendly Certification
Known as a top tourist destination within the state of Texas, whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Waco. Whether you are a local or are just visiting, shopping, dining and entertainment options abound to suit any taste. The variety of options is no accident – over years, individuals, nonprofits, and the city itself have explored avenues to cultivate our city, pouring efforts into supporting all who call Waco home.
Sep
24
2020
A Community Driven Approach to Business Incubation
Startup Waco, a partner of Baylor University, is a local nonprofit whose purpose is to help create and sustain an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in order to help businesses start, build, grow, and ultimately thrive in Waco. In its first two years of existence, its already become a hub of activity, programs, resources, and connections to help small businesses and startups. Today, we recognize Startup Waco’s IncubateX254 program for truly innovating how it approaches business support.
Sep
17
2020
The Waco Culture Guide
The Waco Culture Guide highlights the districts, affinity groups, businesses, history, and more of Waco's communities of color. The vastness of Waco's Cultural Wealth is often missed by those new to the city. This is especially true for the faculty, staff, and students of color who make Waco home during their time at Baylor. With the Waco Culture Guide, we hope to provide a snapshot of the diversity present throughout Waco to the Baylor community and all who view it.
Sep
16
2020
Hispanic Heritage Month
According to the United States Census Bureau, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American, and the Caribbean’s Spanish-speaking nations have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.
Sep
10
2020
Junior League of Waco
The Junior League of Waco is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As they begin their 85th year in our community, one can see their contribution stamped across the community - typically in respect to spaces that benefit and provide value to the lives of women and children.
Sep
9
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Kennedy Sam
Sixteen years ago, Kennedy Sam moved to Waco from Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, she lived near Grant Park with its beautiful gardens and artwork. Nearby, the Aquarium, Planetarium, museums, and other cultural attractions helped shape her value for the arts. When asking Kennedy about the impact of her childhood, she shared the following, “as I look back and now find myself advocating for the contributions those institutions bring to a community, its undeniable that God’s hand was in motion aligning my life experiences and values, preparing me all along to work in my community supporting the arts.“
Sep
1
2020
Waco Founder Lions Club
Volunteerism not only helps our city but it creates community – a core trait the Waco Founder Lions Club has demonstrated since their establishment in 1916. For 104 years, both local and worldwide chapters of the Lions Club meet together for fellowship and service.
Aug
25
2020
Waco Women Profiles: Creative Waco's Fiona Bond
In honor of Women’s History Month earlier this year, we visited virtually with Waco Women throughout our community. Here are their stories. In their own words, we asked them to share about the work they do, the women who inspire them, and why they love Waco.
Aug
19
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Community Prayer Walk on Racial Equity, Change, and Healing
August 13, Baylor hosted the President's Community Prayer Walk on Racial Equity, Change, and Healing. During this virtual event, Baylor and Waco faith leaders collectively prayed against the racial injustices plaguing our campus, community, and country. Through these prayers, we asked for God's covering of our local faith community and faith leaders, students, faculty and staff of local educational institutions, and the greater Waco community.
Aug
18
2020
Keeping Waco Safe, One Wall at a Time!
The mood of city, some say, is displayed through its artists. If that’s true, then Waco remains a ‘city with a soul’ as a #wacosafe chalk art mural campaign kicks in full gear this summer. When Creative Waco Executive Director Fiona Bond talks about these murals, her face lights up and her passion for art, collaboration, and community shine!
Aug
12
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Wings of Waco
Located at the intersection of Franklin Drive and 8th Street in downtown Waco, Union Hall is home to various restaurants capable of satisfying the hunger of all who visit. Included in the mix of flavors to enjoy is Wings of Waco. Serving good wings and great hospitality, Wings of Waco is the brainchild of Chef Kemar Ballentine-Harris. With a mission to become the premier spot for wings in the city, Wings of Waco offers a selection of a dozen delicious flavors to coat your wings in.
Aug
11
2020
Solid Gold Neighbor - Cultural Wealth
Cultural Wealth is a term reasonably unknown to most, first used by Dr. Tj Yosso when describing the students of color he worked with, and the skills and strengths that they possessed during their university experience. Cultural wealth is defined as “an array of knowledge, skills, abilities, and contacts possessed and used by Communities of Color to survive and resist racism and other forms of oppression.” Within our office, we have expanded this term to mean how we celebrate and advance communities of color.
Aug
5
2020
TXNAME Webinar Series: Building Bridges Instead of Walls
Developing culturally relevant methods that include informal learning strategies help teachers obtain a broader understanding of student communities and develop an appreciation for the dynamic wealth of knowledge students bring into the classroom (Banks & Banks, 2016; Moll & Gonzalez, 2004).
Aug
4
2020
Solid Gold Neighbor: Health
A healthy community requires many entities working simultaneously and together in synchrony. At Baylor, we feel honored to connect with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, healthcare agencies and nonprofits that are advancing the needs of our community members - through creating awareness around food insecurity, supporting needs in maternal and child well-being, and creating access to healthcare we are grateful to take part in watching Waco identify and strive to meet the specific needs of our city.
Jul
29
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Lauren Vo
Baylor is home to thousands of bright minds working diligently to learn the necessary skills to build a better world. Included in those leaders of both today and tomorrow is Lauren Vo.
Jul
28
2020
Solid Gold Neighbor: Education
At Baylor, our primary role is to educate and equip minds to provide bright opportunity and advancement in an ever-changing world. In the same light, it is an honor to support our local school districts and education focused non-profits because they are impacting one of the most valuable assets our city has: its future leaders, workforce and community members.
Jul
22
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Helados La Azteca
Summertime is here, and with it comes a taste for frozen treats and sweet eats to beat the Texas heat. Luckily, Waco is home to not one but two Helados La Azteca locations to satisfy your taste for something fresh, frozen, and delicious!
Jul
21
2020
Solid Gold Neighbor: City Growth
Ever since I set foot on campus as a student in 2011, my free time has been dedicated to exploring the city, getting acquainted with the shops and local haunts that housed hidden treasure awaiting discovery. I have bookcases at home lined with some of these very treasures, from art prints acquired from Congress Clothing to a mug collection that reads like a passport to the city’s many coffee shops. Even much of my furniture has been lovingly sourced from local resale and antique stores. Each item tells a story from the city – stories of entrepreneurial-minded individuals pursuing passions, stories of the past—these stories represent a broad movement of creators, innovators and artists working side by side to propel a then-slumbering downtown into a bright future.
Jul
15
2020
Justin Rice: Community Leader Profile
Justin Rice represents a growing number of young leaders who have taken up the mantle of being the change they would like to see in the Waco community. Working with numerous boards and organizations such as the Waco NAACP, Waco Young Professionals of Color, Central Texas African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Justin is known for his analytical thinking and steadfast dedication towards causes that advance Cultural Wealth. Justin is a proud alumnus of Baylor University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Jul
14
2020
Solid Gold Neighbor: Economic Development
When you think of economic development, what comes to mind? Is it shiny buildings peppering the skies of metropolitan areas? Is it suburban sprawl with mini-malls and chain restaurants? When I think of economic development, two things come to mind.
Jul
8
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: International Students on Campus
The beauty of Baylor will forever lie with the diversity of background, culture, and thought displayed on campus daily. This diversity is exemplified through our international student population and the various home countries of our global scholars. According to a recent survey by the Center for Global Engagement, there are 931 international Students at Baylor, representing 83 different countries. Asian countries make up 4 out of the top 5 countries where our international students arrive from, showing how strong Baylor's presence is in that part of the world
Jul
7
2020
Waco Safe Business Program
The Waco COVID Communications task force, comprised of local city officials, business leaders and health experts recently launched the Waco Safe Program, a two-way community pledge promoting sanitary practices and proactive measures dedicated to slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout Waco. The pledge commits both businesses and visitors to, in good faith, adhere to local rules and health guidelines to curb the growth of the disease in our community.
Jun
30
2020
New Events Page Aims to be a Hub of Connectivity
Have you ever found yourself struggling to connect into the business or nonprofit community in Waco? Perhaps you've wanted to explore entrepreneurship, network with others in your industry, or learn how to support nonprofits? A new site, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, aims to be your hub of connectivity as the community migrates back to a new normal.
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