Student Life Work Teams

Division of Student Life Cross Divisional Work


Division Acts of Determination Work Committees:

Each committee is comprised of selected members from the division and possibly other constituent groups. Their charge includes: to discuss, research, further describe, and provide recommendations on the strategic initiatives that are needed to accomplish the specific act of determination. As a reminder, acts of determination are prioritized division-wide initiatives that we will focus on over the next two to three years to achieve our division strategic goals of calling, wholeness, community and global citizenship.

Student Leadership Education and Development - building on work completed by the Comprehensive Multi-Year Leadership Program Committee, this team will work to create greater intentionality of and coherence around student leadership education and development both within and outside of the division. To this end, the task force will review the multi-year leadership program work team report inclusive of the leadership model which was developed and outcomes that were identified; research the Org Sync leadership transcript capabilities; and draw upon the university-wide student leadership education and development vision statement as well as other research to generate ideas and recommendations for advancing student leadership education and development.

Cross-Cultural Competence - To cultivate student understanding of the rich diversity God has created we will integrate cross-cultural competency education through division programs, staff development, and community partnerships. By enhancing the ability of our students and staff to talk and work across differences, we will develop Christian leaders who will advocate for and support human flourishing on campus and beyond. (Liz Palacios, chair)

Health, Equanimity, and Wellness - will research and implement recommendations for equipping students to thrive by fostering educational initiatives that help students and employees develop a stronger sense of health, equanimity, and wellness by guiding students as they mature in stewardship of themselves and care for community. (Kim Scott and Martha Lou Scott, co-chairs)

Division Advisement Work Teams:

Assessment - the Student Life Assessment Committee (SLAC) works with the Assistant Director for Student Life Assessment & Planning to encourage a culture of evidence within the division. Members serve as peer assessment coaches in their departments. They provide professional development on assessment, encourage professional and scholarly practices, and assist staff members to adhere to best practices in assessment. SLAC representatives work with their departments in conducting annual departmental assessment projects and in writing an assessment report each year. The report includes information about the current project and improvements the department has implemented based on the results of previous projects.

Hospitality - will plan and implement cross-divisional activities to assist new staff as they transition into the division. This includes extended welcomes, orientation, support, and education. (Sandra Northern and Martha Lou Scott, co-chairs)

Staff Development-will plan and execute the staff development program for the division. The team will be responsible for engaging staff in challenging programs that will educate, enrich, and inspire us.

THIS Matters-THIS Matters forums offer a series of discussion panels connecting leaders from diverse perspectives to offer context to society's most challenging questions. It attempts to address immediate, unanticipated or unprecedented issues that occur locally and globally, directly and indirectly affecting our campus community. We strive to facilitate an environment for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to share ideas and enrich each other’s understanding of the topic in a respectful and informed manner. 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. Work team members will meet bi-weekly to vet issues and topics, maintain a fuller understanding of research faculty are engaged in, develop faculty partnerships, coordinate logistics, explore new models of dialogue and deliberation for forums, engage in the forums, and facilitate discussions among students.

Advisory Teams:

Sexual Assault - working directly with Wellness, this team will develop/enhance resources for students who have been the victim of a sexual assault. This team will explore the implementation of a multidisciplinary, institutional Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) which will serve as a comprehensive, sensitive, coordinated system of intervention and care for sexual assault victims. The team will also provide students with health education on prevention strategies.

Intergroup Dialogue - The purpose of IGD is to bring people together to discuss topics around cultural competence at a deeper level through content and personal story telling. This IGD experience is to help us develop as culturally competent leaders so we can, in turn, have deeper conversations with our students. This work team will meet weekly for a pre-determined time during a semester. Applications to this work team will be reviewed for acceptance at the beginning of the semester.

Men for Change- is a group on campus for men to meet and discuss ideas of spirituality and masculinity in a brave space. This group will explore healthy versions of masculinity; healthy relationships; ways to advocate for survivors, men and women, of interpersonal violence; and the effects of hypermasculinity culture. Together, this group will journey together through these issues, be challenged by the leaders and one another to consider new ideas, and embark on the adventure of discovering the intersections between masculinity and spirituality.

Wellness- working directly with the Wellness Department, this team unites work previously performed by the Alcohol and Body I.Q. Advisory Teams; members will develop programs and initiatives to address overall physical and mental health. Programming will include efforts to reduce addictive behavior (related dramatically reducing underage drinking, binge drinking, and driving under the influence of alcohol; illegal drug use; pornography; gaming; body image; and the instances of eating disorders among the student population at Baylor) as well as efforts to educate all students about what it means to live a healthy life.