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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May 24, 2024
Baylor’s Center for Church and Community Impact Celebrates 25 Years

The Center for Church and Community Impact (C3I) has been empowering congregations to better serve their communities for the past 25 years. C3I provides research, training, and internships that equip congregations to address social justice issues, create welcoming environments, and walk alongside those in their community. Through its programs, C3I has helped congregations create positive change in the lives of countless individuals and families. This article celebrates the Center’s 25th anniversary and the many graduates and supporters who have shared their experiences and expressed their gratitude for the Center’s work.

May 14, 2024
Podcast: Baylor Connections—Carrie Arroyo & Mary Zane Nelson

There’s no shortage of challenges that can impact a child’s mental health — but school districts often face a shortage of qualified mental health professionals. Baylor researchers in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work are working to bridge this gap in Central Texas. Carrie Arroyo serves as senior lecturer of social work and Mary Zane Nelson serves as project director of a project called Partnering for Heart of Texas (H.O.T.) Mental Health. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside this $2.5 million partnership with Waco ISD schools. (Click the headline to listen and read the transcript.)

May 14, 2024
This 4,000 year old practice could be what you need to beat stress

While labyrinth walking has been a movement meditation for thousands of years, there is modern research to suggest it is beneficial to mental health. A study published last year in Frontiers in Psychology found that labyrinth walking helped ease stress of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“For people in hospitals and prisons, labyrinth walking as a mind-body integrative practice can be life-sustaining and healing in addition to traditional forms of medical treatment or counseling,” Jocelyn Shealy McGee, assistant professor in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Texas, who was a researcher in the study, told the BBC. 

Apr. 16, 2024
An asset map shows how churches are meeting the needs of older adults in rural areas

Online MSW Candidate and C3I intern Jessica Lewis penned an OpEd for Baptist News Global. Within my role as a social work intern at The Center for Church and Community Impact, I recently led a team of individuals as we conducted an asset map in Falls and McLennan counties in the heart of Texas. This asset map helped shed some light on the valuable role rural churches play in addressing the physical and social needs of older adults. Through the information gathered for the asset map of rural churches in the area, we revealed fascinating insights into the services and ministries offered by those congregations and their potential influence on the aging population.


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