Matching gift highlights the role of faith in social work practice

January 31, 2019

Give Light is a $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign for the future of Baylor. This campaign, which officially launched in November, supports Illuminate, Baylor's academic strategic plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life - academics, athletics, student life and service learning, while also bolstering financial support for students and the campus community. In conjunction with this campaign, and in honor of the role faith has played in our master's program, friends created a matching gift for the W.O. Carver Endowed Scholarship acknowledging the legacy of the Carver School where Diana Garland served and that influenced so much of who we are today.

In coming to Baylor, Diana brought a deep conviction that faith enhanced the social work profession from her years at the Carver School of Church Social Work in Kentucky. The connections to the field of social work date back to 1904, when W. O. Carver, the school’s namesake, first began teaching on “practical work,” which eventually became known as “social work.”

After the closing of the Carver School, Diana and colleagues from Carver developed social work curriculum for Baylor, threading the 100-year history of the Carver School into Baylor’s rich heritage and ongoing legacy. This fund will further the work of W.O. Carver and the Garland School by supporting practical application, faculty research and social work students committed to ethically integrating faith and practice. To highlight the importance of this intersection, would you consider making a gift to the Carver Scholarship?