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Recent Stories

Jul. 1, 2024
Online MSW student who changed careers named MSW Spirit of Social Work awardee

Changing your career and choosing social work can bring purpose and life. An online msw degree from Baylor University can help you achieve it.

Aug. 18, 2023
MSW Spirit of Social Work Award winner Karleigh Conway talks about life and the importance of social work

As far back as she can remember, Karleigh Conway has always loved hearing people’s stories. Whether they were about dreams, passions, hurts or recovery, she drank them all in. She hadn’t realized it yet, but her compassion and curiosity were already preparing her for a life in social work.

Aug. 14, 2023
Award winner Gabby White discusses finding role, purpose in social work

When it comes to education and choosing a career path, the road looks different for everyone. Some people already know what they want to do and set out to achieve it, while others are not so sure. Both journeys are unique and valid ways to approach deciding how to live your life. For our 2023 MSW Outstanding Student Gabby White, it was the latter.

Jul. 26, 2023
Meet our 2023 BSW Alicia Martinez Spirit of Social Work Award Winner: Josie Pooler

As a student who prides herself in promoting diversity and inclusion, it is no surprise that Josie Pooler’s life has been incredibly diverse and unique as well. Growing up in Waco all her life, Josie said she truly considers it her home. 

Jul. 20, 2023
Q&A with BSW Intern of the Year, Lauren Daniels

Learn more about the 2023 BSW Intern of the Year: Lauren Daniels! "My calling is to serve and support the people around me. Because of the strong emphasis to look at more than what seems to be at the surface, I know social work is the avenue for me to support, advocate for, and serve others."

Jun. 30, 2023
Meet Hayoung Park, 2023 BSW Outstanding Student

"A lot of my professional interest lies in the intersection of social justice and faith communities. I have seen the influence that religious organizations have on mental health, neighborhoods poverty, abuse, politics, and so many other things. But, I see how social work brings a unique systems-oriented, justice-driven perspective to these issues."

Jun. 20, 2023
Q&A with MSW Intern of the Year, Community Practice: Kyla Wilson

Learn more about our MSW Intern of the Year, Community Practice: Kyla Wilson! 

Jun. 1, 2023
Q&A with MSW Intern of the Year, Clinical Practice: Mercy Babo

Learn more about our MSW Intern of the Year in Clinical Practice: Mercy Babo! Mercy has a passion for helping children, adolescents, and young adults overcome addictions by supporting them through their recovery process, in an effort to help them on their path to thriving.

From the Dean

Dr. Jon Singletary
Welcome to Community Connection online!


I am excited to welcome you to Community Connection online magazine. This digital publication highlights everything that makes this vibrant, creative community so special: our students, our alumni, our faculty and staff, our research, our partners and the communities we serve.

Here you will find stories showcasing the work, events, activities and accomplishments of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.  These stories are a snapshot of who we are, the heartbeat of our beloved school. They celebrate the accomplishments of our staff, the diligence of our faculty, the contributions of our students, and the generosity of our donors.  If you find our stories valuable, inspiring or informative, please share them! 

I am grateful for all the time, energy and resources you pour into our school. The work we do here and in partnership with people and organizations from all over the world is about making a real difference, a true impact. This is the heart of our mission, and I pray you will continue to partner with us on this journey. You enrich our lives in so many ways, and we love to share our stories with you!

We look forward to staying connected with you, and as always, we encourage to stop by and say hello if you are ever in town.