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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Jul. 1, 2024
The Childcare Crisis Affecting Millennial Parents

C3I Program Manager Erin Albin Hill reflects on the childcare crisis that is impacting millenials in America right now.

"I’m a community social worker so my thoughts often go to policy and systems. When the Child Tax Credit was in place during Covid, child poverty decreased from 9.7% to 5.2%. Within a month of its removal, child poverty increased by 3%. Those extra funds were just enough to make a difference in the everyday financial situation of families."

Jun. 18, 2024
Online MSW student who changed careers named MSW Spirit of Social Work awardee

Nada Dorman is the Garland School’s MSW Alicia Martinez Spirit of Social Work Award recipient, and this quote describes her life’s journey quite well. Nada was a non-traditional graduate student in our online MSW program. After working 20 years in the marketing/public relations profession, she decided to make a change. Even though her first career was full of exciting jobs like working with Netflix, she found this path not to be the one she was called to walk. 

“I’ve always had a helper spirit, but I studied communications, pursued a master’s [degree] and had a really exciting and successful career in marketing and PR, but it just wasn’t fulfilling,” Nada said. 

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

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