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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Guest Post: Finding the Best Fit for Your Community Engagement

When I came to Towson University in 2009, I was a new librarian in a newly-created position that included strengthening the library’s partnerships with Baltimore-area organizations. I dove right in, working with the Maryland Humanities Council to create a campus discussion of their selection for the state-wide One Maryland One Book reading program. It wasn’t until I attended the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Annual Conference in 2013 that I realized that there are actually multiple ways to approach developing external partnerships. At that conference, I learned about how universities from across the country each had unique...

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Helping Children Better Understand Healthcare

As a current employee of Towson University and a 2006 graduate, I’m lucky to be an alum that gets to see, first hand, the growth and changes that take place at TU. I’m still adjusting to the entire side of campus called West Village, which, when I was here, was simply a parking lot. And now, a brand new science building is being constructed next to Stephens Hall. Physical changes and new buildings, however, are just one way that TU has grown. As I’ve mentioned in many of my previous posts, one change over the past two years has...

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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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Towson University Joins Baltimore Integration Partnership

TU is the first non-city based institution to join the nation’s biggest anchor network and works to set an example for metropolitan-serving institutions across the country and beyond. Towson University (TU) is, in fact, an anchor institution. It has been serving Greater Baltimore since its founding in 1866 and it is the largest university in the metropolitan area. Its recent acceptance into the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) as the first and only non-city institution in the partnership’s history could not have come at a better time. The acceptance into BIP aligns perfectly with Towson University’s Placemaking and Anchor Strategy...

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Who’s Who in BTU?

Whenever I describe BTU, I always try to point out that the idea and implementation of partnership work at TU is not new. However, while that work is not new, and although there have been previous groups that supported these efforts, the university-wide approach and increased level of support for partnership work at TU is new. In 2016, President Schatzel announced BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore as one of her eight presidential priorities. Since then, many TU faculty, staff, and students have been working to build a framework to capture and support the work taking place between...

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Battle for Greater Baltimore Football Game Returns to Campus

After not playing each other for six years, Towson University and Morgan State have officially announced the revival of The Battle for Greater Baltimore, which will include annual games between the two Division I football teams over the next four years. The Battle will kick off (pun intended!) on Saturday, September 2, at 6:00 p.m. at Towson University. TU and Morgan State played nearly every season from 1979 through 2011, and we are excited to see this historical series return. At a recent press conference, Towson University athletic director Tim Leonard said, “We are excited to renew the rivalry...

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Summer To-Do List: Help Populate BTU Database

When finding out that I work for a university, people often think that means I have off for summer break. However, while students leave campus for the season, the work of faculty and staff continues. One major item on my summer to-do list in particular, is completing an annual review of all of the external partnerships that are part of BTU—Partnerships at Work For Greater Baltimore. We are very excited that, for the first time this year, we are able to do this through the BTU Database, which we have been populating with partnership information over the past several...

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Marlene Riley Recognized for Work with Older Adults

While many of Towson University’s faculty and staff are hard at work building and maintaining ongoing relationships with external partners, I would like to highlight one in particular—Marlene Riley, who was recently recognized by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) for her work with their senior centers. Marlene, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Graduate Faculty in TU’s Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science, has been working with BCDA since 2006. Most recently, Marlene collaborated with BCDA on their Reimagine Aging initiative, which aims to challenge the stereotypes of getting older. Through this effort, graduate occupational therapy students...

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BTU Showcase: High-Quality and Equitable Education

As we wrap up preparations for the upcoming BTU Showcase, I am am wrapping up the last of my blog posts highlighting the five impact areas that are helping to define and drive university-community partnerships at Towson University. For over 150 years, Towson University has been Maryland’s largest provider of teachers. It should come as no surprise that a large number of projects and centers focused on education will be presenting their work at the BTU Showcase on Monday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. If you have not yet registered to attend and are interested in connecting with TU...

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