Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
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Preparing social workers for worldwide service and leadership.
Baptist scholars recently gathered at Oxford University for the 2022 Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR), hosted by the Baylor University Graduate School, to promote Baptist scholarship among faculty around the world. BSIR is co-directed by Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and Baylor graduate João Chaves, M.T.S. ’12, Ph.D. ’17, assistant professor of evangelism and mission at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and associate director for programming at the Hispanic Theological Initiative.
Throughout the vast expanses of Texas, people in both rural and urban communities benefit from behavioral health care professionals, who address the needs of children and adults in challenges ranging from diabetes management to substance abuse. The state, however, faces a challenge—more than 75 percent of counties in Texas qualify as behavioral health shortage areas. Across rural areas, the need is particularly acute, and it grows even more for patients who are Spanish-speaking.
Becky Scott, Ph.D., senior lecturer in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and Elissa Madden, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, are working to change that. Scott serves as program director of the Baylor Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate Program, with Madden as associate director. Together, they are coordinating a program, supported by significant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to develop a qualified workforce to address critical needs throughout the state.
Baylor University was named among the nation’s top 10 Most Trusted Universities, according to global research firm Morning Consult as part of its Most Trusted Brands project, the definitive measure of brand trust across industries, including the most trusted brands in higher education.
Morning Consult’s Most Trusted Universities report measures public trust in the top 135 doctoral research universities featured in the U.S. News’ 2022 Best National University Rankings and explores how trust varies among diverse groups and different types of institutions.
Dr. Brianna Lemmons' scholarship focuses, among other topics, on African American fatherhood, the role of non-resident fathers in family life. She is the co-author of a recent examination of son-in-law and father-in-law relationships in Black families. Dr. Lemmons also founded and leads the Black Female Fatherhood Scholars Network which connects female scholars who are committed to uplifting the Black community through the study of Black fatherhood and families. We asked Dr. Lemmons to share a few reflections in advance of Father’s Day.
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Military veteran and Baylor alumna Crystal Brown is shining her Baylor light via social work in a way she never expected—in the field of nephrology.
I know who I am and what I stand for, and I am not afraid. I am very passionate about the treatment of others and advocating for the rights of all persons.
She is a passionate Enneagram 8 who works for justice and equality and who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, especially if it is to advocate on behalf of others.