Guest Post: Creating Cultural Immersions for Baltimore City Public Schools

“WE ARE NOT THE MINORITY” were the words chanted by 90 Baltimore City ninth graders after experiencing a Cultural Listening Party at Towson University. In October 2017, the College Readiness Outreach Program and the African American Student Development Program collaborated to create TU’s first Cultural Listening Party. The program was a One Maryland One Book grant-funded project that focused on broadening the narrative of blackness for students by asking them to examine their own stories. Attendees explored music and social justice issues of black people from not only North America but Africa and South America as well. The inspiration...

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#StudentExperience: Zach Runge

Zach is a junior studying communication studies and political science at Towson University, where he also works as a marketing assistant in the Office of Partnerships & Outreach. Zach assists the team with creating social media posts, collecting data on various programs and initiatives, assisting with email marketing and event planning, implementing social media directives, and attending various events. “This position has enhanced my communication skills. That may seem unexpected being that I am a communication studies major, but working in this office has allowed me to have ability to write more email communications and have even more face-to-face...

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Guest Post: Institutionalizing Faculty Engagements through BTU

When TU President Kim Schatzel announced her eight presidential priorities, the BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore framework really piqued my interest. As a faculty member in the College of Business & Economics, I would be remiss to not be actively engaged in the regional business community. Our business relationships provide student internships, guest speakers, job placements, and inform our curriculum. We really would not be a successful business school without strong external partnerships—so is that block officially checked? Not necessarily. Most of us take part in several external engagements. Some are emerging ideas that we are just...

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Guest Post: Towson University Receives Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Volunteer Engagement

Higher education has a fundamental purpose to prepare young adults for “concerned and involved citizenship in a democracy”1 At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Towson University received a silver seal for achieving a student rate between 60% and 69%. “Towson University is honored to receive this national recognition for our efforts to increase voter engagement. TU has long been committed to increasing voter registration and voter education and has worked across campus to make this happen. The collaborations between the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility along with the...

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Towson Theatre Infusion: Setting the Stage for Partnership Success

Through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, Towson University faculty, students, and staff are working with 300+ organizations across Maryland to address community needs. This work is having an impact. To create event greater potential impact, one of the goals of BTU is to create a support system to scale, sustain, and align existing Towson University partnerships and collaborations. Beginning in spring 2018, TU will launch an official application process for BTU Project Support to support efforts in the following areas: BTU Priority Investments BTU Emerging Idea Support BTU Gap Funding National Visibility Support BTU Enrichment Support I...

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Dr. Nancy Grasmick Named Ambassador for Women’s Leadership Program

Since its beginning, Dr. Nancy Grasmick has been involved with the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women. She has led sessions, facilitated conversations with speakers, and has helped shape the program into what it is today. I am very excited to announce that Dr. Grasmick has been named Ambassador for the TU Professional Leadership Program for Women. As the leadership program expands and enters its fourth year in January, Dr. Grasmick will be instrumental in helping to develop relationships with our sponsors, networks, and partners at Towson University and throughout Greater Baltimore. A Trailblazer for Women Dr. Grasmick...

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BTU Showcase Highlights Partnership Impact Areas

The annual BTU Showcase, a networking event that highlights university-community partnerships, is just around the corner. I am excited to share that, in its tenth year, it’s going to be the biggest event yet. With a new location at SECU Arena, we have selected nearly 50 Towson University projects, centers, and institutes to be featured, all of which present opportunities to collaborate with external partners. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing information about the BTU Showcase exhibitors, each one selected because they represent the breadth and diversity of work that is happening with our partners across...

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Towson Tigers Support Community Partnerships

We all support and love our Towson Tigers, but there is a lot more to TU athletics than what they do on the field. While the Towson University Athletics Department has some significant accolades and big wins, they have even more to be proud of when you take a look at their unique relationships with community partners. Being an anchor institution, Towson University especially understands the importance of university-community partnerships and values our relationships with non-profits, municipalities, businesses, schools, government agencies, and neighborhoods. Over the past several years, the TU Athletics Department has expanded their relationships with a variety...

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2016 Economic Outlook Forum Wrap Up

Universities—their primary mission is to educate. Without a doubt, they also act as major economic engines for a region. As Greater Baltimore’s largest university and a major area employer, this is certainly true for Towson University. How does a region capitalize on the presence of its anchor institutions so that both the anchors and surrounding communities not only coexist, but thrive together? This was the focus of Towson University’s 2016 Economic Outlook Forum entitled: Placemaking Ideals and the Role of Towson University. Approximately 175 community and business leaders and educators met at Towson University’s West Village Commons to attend...

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TU Economic Outlook Forum—Placemaking Ideals

I can count (at least) two big events happening this November. One is a little thing you may have heard about (more on that in a few paragraphs). The other is the Economic Outlook Forum, hosted by the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University. For the past twenty years, RESI has invited business leaders, educators, and community members to convene to discuss the state of Maryland’s economy while focusing on a particular theme. This year our focus will be on Placemaking Ideals and the Role of Towson University.Edit Edit date and time What Is Placemaking? At its...

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