Baylor Parents Make a Difference
Baylor parents matter and their support makes a difference. Through heartfelt engagement and provision, they help shape the journeys of our Bears. An example is the Baylor Parent Fund, which last year received 2,372 gifts totaling $186,303 for the following programs that enhance student development and wellbeing.
- $40,000 supports the addition of supplemental instruction for multiple courses and two Master Tutors for math and business calculus.
- $15,000 assists blind and visually impaired students through equipment provided, such as scanners, 3-D printers and enlargers that ensure their access to information in the classroom.
- $35,000 enables faculty implementation of free and open-source course materials. The Affordable Course Materials Summer Fellows (ACMSF) program is creating new works such as lab manuals, music recordings, artwork and other resources for Baylor courses, to replace traditional textbooks. Eventual transition to open-source materials for all 1300-level classes will reduce textbook costs for hundreds of students each semester.
- $80,000 supports mental health and wellbeing due to exponential increases in demand. It will expand the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Program and provide for a Chaplain & Church Outreach Specialist within the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. Baylor chaplains, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors provide continuity of care, grounded in Christian community, to address each student’s unique needs.
- $15,000 funds a truck to transport the BearAid trailer, which allows students serving on Disaster Relief Teams to provide timely assistance to communities in need, in collaboration with relief agencies.