Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

Valuing humanity. Engaging spirituality. Promoting equity.

Preparing social workers for worldwide service and leadership.

For fall 2024, our online MSW program deadline to apply for the advanced standing, 6-term and 8-term tracks is 7/22. Email MSW_admissions@baylor.edu for any questions you might have. The residential, in-person application for fall 2024 has now closed.


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Jun. 14, 2024
Some Churches Call Clergy Sexual Misconduct an ‘Affair.’ Survivors Are Fighting to Make It Against the Law

Lucy Huh, who researches adult clergy sexual abuse at Baylor University, said victims consider what they have to lose—their reputations, relationships, marriages, faith communities, and even their faith itself—and most remain silent, keeping their trauma to themselves. The result looks very different than what happens to people who have affairs. “Consensual relationships don’t result in trauma and lifelong suffering,” Huh said. New research done at Baylor in fact shows that survivors of adult clergy sexual abuse suffer rates of traumatization that surpass even war veterans. In a study that is currently being peer-reviewed for publication, professor David Pooler found 39 percent of adult survivors screened positive for posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Jun. 11, 2024
Bridges to Belonging: Accessible Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

We invite you to apply to join a Congregational Learning Community as a part of the new project Bridges to Belonging: Accessible Ministry with Youth and Young Adults. This project is focused on equipping churches to welcome and support young people (aged 13-25) with disabilities (including mental health challenges and chronic illnesses). 

This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration of George W. Truett Seminary, the Center for Church and Community Impact (C3i), and the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD). We are funded through Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Thriving Congregations Initiative

Jun. 6, 2024
Baylor Global Health Professor Selected as Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Kenya

Sunseek Moon, Ph.D.,will spend his Fulbright year in Kenya teaching and conducting public health/social work research at the University of Nairobi's College of Health Sciences. Sungseek Moon, Ph.D., The Carl and Martha Lindner Endowed Chair for Global Studies and professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, has been selected as a 2024-2025 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Kenya, joining an elite group of scholars who have received the prestigious and competitive fellowship from the U.S. government’s premier international educational exchange program.

May 30, 2024
Introducing the Adult Clergy Sexual Abuse Advocacy and Research Collaborative at Baylor University: An Interview with Dr. David Pooler

A researcher and expert on adult clergy sexual abuse in the U.S. is working with survivors, advocates, academics, and emerging scholars to shed light on the pervasive issue and promote meaningful change within religious institutions.

Researchers writing on adult clergy sexual abuse (ACSA) often begin their literature review by recognizing that studies on ACSA are minimal. This limited research highlights the urgent need for collaboratives like the Adult Clergy Sexual Abuse Advocacy and Research Collaborative (ACSARC) at Baylor University. In addition to deepening understanding of ACSA and its ramifications, ACSARC strives to help fill the knowledge gap, thereby fostering a more comprehensive understanding of ACSA.


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