The following members serve as representatives from on-campus and local community groups:

Josh Ritter and Erin Payseur serve as Co-Leaders for the Public Deliberation Initiative.

Dr. Josh Ritter serves as the Assistant Director for Spirituality and Public Life. He also teaches rhetoric for the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.

Erin Payseur is the Associate Director for Community-Based Learning. Within the office of Community Engagement and Service, she oversees individual and group service, social justice programming, Steppin’ Out, Baylor Buddies, Justice Week, Civil Rights Tour, & more.

Advisory Board:

Geoffrey Griggs – Assistant Director, Department of Multicultural Affairs, Baylor University

Sharyl Loeung – Coordinator, Department of Multicultural Affairs, Baylor University

Adam Moore – Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Baylor University

Jasmine Wilson – Associate Director, Campus Living and Learning, Baylor University

Becky Kennedy – Assistant Dean, Office of Spiritual Life, Baylor University

Dr. Gaynor Yancey – Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University

Debbie Davendonis-Todd – Director, W. R. Poage Legislative Library

Dr. Danielle Williams – Department of English, Baylor University

Alexis Christensen – Waco Community Development

Maggie Griffin – Coordinator of Creative Services for Multicultural Affairs and Spiritual Life

Ashley Thornton – Act Locally Waco

Dr. Clay Polson – Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University

Catherine Bauer – Leadership Plenty

Liz Lagawa – Director of Community Engagement, Prosper Waco

Zack Jackson – HESA Graduate Apprentice, Spirituality and Public Life



Act Locally Waco

Act Locally Waco

Vision: In Waco, we have a city-wide culture of  well-informed, engaged people working together effectively to build a great community for all, and we have the results to prove it.

Mission: To build channels of communication that facilitate community participation, collaboration and the free flow of information and ideas with the end result of making Waco a great place to live for every person of every level of income.

Tagline: Get informed! Get involved! Work together!

Waco Immigration Alliance

Waco Immigration Alliance

Our mission is to educate the community on immigration issues and their effects on our city and its people; to encourage and empower churches to know how to speak about the topic in a truthful and loving way; to equip community leaders so they can serve their people through legal information and services; to end the isolation of immigrant detention through visitation programs; to advocate alongside immigrants and allies through action such as letter writing, vigils, protests, and legislative visits; to support and promote comprehensive reform that ends the privatization of immigrant detention and creates a path to citizenship.

Sustainable Waco

Sustainable Waco

An initiative exploring the possibility of partnering with existing organizations to fill in the gaps and propose new projects for making Waco sustainable.


Waco Community Development

Our mission is to inspire and cultivate healthy neighborhoods.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.