Baylor University Campus Diversity Committee and President’s Office Host Eighth Annual Cultural Connection Celebration

Cultural Connections
Feb. 1, 2019

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by Gabrielle White, student newswriter, Baylor University Media and Public Relations

WACO, Texas (Feb. 1, 2019) – Baylor University’s Campus Diversity Committee will host the eighth annual Cultural Connection Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Meyer Conference Center (Foster 250) in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Campus Diversity Committee and President’s Office, and is a time for faculty and staff to come together to embrace and celebrate the various cultures represented at Baylor.

Doors open and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 2 p.m., followed by a welcoming of fellowship and prayer. The keynote speaker, Stephen D. Hancock, Ph.D., will present at 2:45 p.m.

Hancock, associate professor of multicultural education in the department of reading and elementary education at University of North Caroline Charlotte, will present “Human Flourishing from an International and Multicultural Perspective.”

“Dr. Stephen Hancock is an education researcher and scholar in multicultural education, diversity and inclusion on both a local and global level. We are excited about his keynote, which will provide great insights on the notion of human flourishing through a global and multicultural perspective,” said Lakia Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the Baylor School of Education.

Hancock’s primary research interest is socio-cultural perspectives in urban elementary school context, specifically focusing on the development of healthy academic relationships as they relate to the perceptions and psychology of self and others. He is an active member of the American Educational Research Association, National Association of Multicultural Education and National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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