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Elizabeth Mukasa: Living out her faith through social work

Community Connection Fall 2018 

Whether working with the refugee community in Kampala, Uganda, interviewing vulnerable youth in Western Africa, or beginning her master’s degree at the Garland School of Social Work in Waco, Texas, Elizabeth Mukasa stated that faith has been the driving force in her desire to know and help others. 

“Faith is the only reason,” Elizabeth explained. “[My mindset is] just following what Jesus did, whether I’m a social worker or not. I mean, he spoke against injustice, and I don’t think I can be a Christian and look at injustice happening. He fed the poor. I cannot see my neighbor being hungry and not look for ways to help them. So, my faith is part of it. It’s not a profession for me; it’s how I live out my faith.”


Child of Compassion: Social work grad student plans a return to Uganda

The Baylor Line Spring 2012

Julian Alum's photo used to hang on 20110923_Julian_Alum2 a refrigerator in an Oregon home. But she didn't live there. She lived in Slum Naguru in Kampala, Uganda, with her widowed mother and her four siblings; the family in Oregon was her sponsor through Compassion International. That was almost two decades ago, and now Alum is a graduate student in Baylor's School of Social Work, participating in the Global Mission Leadership Initiative a new program that identifies leaders in other countries and brings them to Baylor. Alum will earn a master of social work (MSW) degree and then return to Uganda to continue working with people who have HIV/AIDS.

I would like to build on my skills in research, because I would like to influence policies that target people living with HIV/AIDS and advocate for them, she said. I really want to study some of the interventions that are in place and see why they are not working, what should be improved, what they should continue doing.


The Weight of the World

Baylor Magazine: Spring 2012

GML - Nu Sung


Dr. Diana Garland isn't sure exactly where the idea came from, but she knew something had to be done. The dean of Baylor's School of Social Work had been in the field long enough to recognize the overwhelming weight of the world's most stubborn social ills. Extreme poverty, human trafficking, segregation - concepts foreign to many Americans but all too real for much of the world's population...

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Social Work gift supports Global Mission Leadership Initiative

Baylor Alumni Magazine: Winter 2011

On Nov. 10, Baylor announced a gift of $3.6 million from Carl and Martha Lindner for the establishment of the Carl and Martha Lindner Global Mission Leadership Initiative Endowed Fund benefitting the Baylor School of Social Work.

The Global Mission Leadership (GML) Initiative was launched in 2008 through a three-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The Lindners' generous gift allows Baylor to continue this important program, the focus of which is to identify and educate global Christian leaders who are God-called and mission-driven to become catalysts for holistic change in international communities.

The Initiative brings to Baylor's campus international graduate students who demonstrate servant leadership and strategic thinking, possess language fluency and have experience working as Christian leaders in their impoverished communities. Upon graduation from the program, these students commit to return and serve as change agents in their native countries...

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