$2 million gift boosts Baylor’s Global Mission Leadership Program
A generous $2 million gift made by anonymous Baylor parents from California will support Baylor’s nationally renowned Global Mission Leadership (GML) initiative, a unique program that prepares Christian leaders to become catalysts for change in communities all over the world.
The GML program, established in 2009 within within Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, provides students with a master’s degree in social work that prepares them for transformational service in the country they choose. Part of the degree is a concentration in Global Mission Leadership — a credential largely unattainable in many countries, especially those where working in social work is rare.
The two-year program includes a year of classes and an internship here in Waco, followed by an internship year in the student’s home country or the country where they plan to serve upon graduation. A huge focus of the program is international development, which GML pursues through a scholarship program that identifies, recruits and sponsors leaders from communities around the world to study at Baylor.
“The program has already produced graduates who are working in their communities to effect change,” says Dr. Jon Singletary, Baylor’s social work dean. “Our alumni are working in government, in medical settings and in nonprofit organizations in Uganda, Cambodia, Myanmar and many other nations, providing advocacy, social services and education to their communities.”
The $2 million gift will support a full-time faculty member to lead the GML program and provide programmatic funding to the initiative. Such additions will help the GML program grow its outreach and curriculum to equip not only GML students, but also other Baylor social work students interested in serving globally.
Sic ’em, Baylor Global Mission Leadership!
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