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UMBC Dept,Program or CenterLead UMBC PersonBaltimore City
Brief DescriptionFocusImpactFunding SourcesPhotos
Choice Program--Intensive Advocacy,
MD Dept of Juvenile Services
Shriver Center
LaMar Davis,
executive director
Uses 24 AmeriCorps members to provide community-based alternative to institutionalization/incarceration of youth aged 8-18 on probation or in need of supported supervision in four jurisdictions, including Baltimore City. Employs daily monitoring, positive experiences, and family-focused strategies.EMOver 20,000 youth and families have been served by the Choice Program in the last 25 years. 350 Baltimore metro area youth served annually with 92% not acquiring new charges and 80% remaining in the community over the past 5 years.

MD Department of Juvenile Services
Choice Program--Intensive Advocacy Foster Care Diversion Program
Shriver Center
LaMar Davis, executive directorBaltimore City Department of Social ServicesUses 6 Americorps members to provide case management services to 60 Baltimore City youth aged 13-17 at risk of being placed out of their home into foster care. Employs daily monitoring, mediation and informal counseling, referral.Employs daily monitoring, positive experiences, and family-focused strategies.EMOver 20,000 youth and families have been served by the Choice Program in the last 25 years. 350 Baltimore metro area youth served annually with 92% not acquiring new charges and 80% remaining in the community over the past 5 years.

Baltimore City Dept. of Social Services
Choice Jobs Program
Shriver Center
LaMar Davis,
executive director
Baltimore City Department of Juvenile Services, Mayor’s Office of Employment DevelopmentUses 7 AmeriCorps members and 6 Opportunity Youth AmeriCorps members to prepare youth for the work world using a supported employment model, including a job-readiness curriculum and on-the-job training at three smoothie/coffee franchises in Baltimore City: Camden Yards, Inner Harbor and University of Baltimore School of LawEMTrains 200 youth annually, placing 80 youth in subsidized and unsubsidized jobs.Open Society Institute, Marguerite Casey Foundation, revenue- generating social enterprise
Choice Education Program
Shriver Center
LaMar Davis, executive directorBaltimore City Public Schools, Lakeland Elementary/Middle SchoolServes a caseload of up to 40 youth identified by Lakeland as “most challenging students”, addressing issues as they arise and providing home visits, coaching, tutoring, referral and positive activities.EM
Modern Languages, Literature and LinguisticsSara PoggioBaltimore City Public Schools, Lakeland Elementary/Middle SchoolEM
EducationChris RakesBaltimore City Public Schools, Lakeland Elementary/Middle SchoolMath professional development for teachers.EM
EconomicsDavid MitchMitch is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Hope Forward (formerly Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center). Organization provides a variety of services to transitional foster youth (ages 18-25) who mainly reside in Baltimore City. These services include mentoring and advocacy, workforce education and development, and emergency and transitional housing.
Office of Institutional Advancement
Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtechPromotes tech- and research-oriented business and economic development by supporting companies at all stages ranging from incubation to maturity. 525,000 square feet of office and lab space. Houses about 120 firms. The first university research park in Maryland, in operation 25 years.ED, WD10 - 20% of jobs, income and business sales generated are estimated to accrue to individuals and companies in Baltimore City--as many as 700 jobs, $46M in income and $94M in business sales.Baltimore County, State of Maryland, corporate partners
(incubation activities),
Office of Institutional Advancement
Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtechGreater Baltimore Committee, IMET, UMB schoolsEncourages the formation and growth of tech- and research-oriented businesses and entrepreneurial activity, especially among underrepresented groups, such as minorities and women.
In operation 25 years, with cybersecurity incubation in the past 5.
EM, WDAt least three companies that have graduated from the incubator have relocated or will soon relocate to Baltimore City. Incubation expertise shared with Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology and UMB.
Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program,
Shriver Center
Joby Taylor, executive director of Peaceworker ProgramMultiple, incl. Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services, Friends of Patterson Park, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Commodore John Rogers School, Beth Am synagoguePlaces returned Peace Corps volunteers studying for advanced degrees in 20hr/wk service-leadership jobs in scores of community organizations and public agencies, often for two years. Achievements include building a sustainable interfaith hospitality network to address homelessness, establishing a college-readiness program at Commodore John Rogers School. Develops a pipeline of skilled and experienced leaders for Baltimore as a core part of mission. Many fellows have lived in Baltimore and stay in Baltimore after graduation. In operation for 20 yrs.WD, EM, PEHas significantly advanced the mission of diverse community organizations and some public agencies by providing skilled, consistent workers.Community organization partners, Macht Foundation, Federal Work Study
Americorps VISTA,
Shriver Center
Michele Wolff, Shriver Center executive directorRefugee Youth ProjectCollege readiness and mentoring program for refugee high school students with UMBC students as mentors. Launching fall 2015.EM
Geography and Environmental SystemsMatthew BakerBaltimore Green Space, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Parks & People FoundationUrban forest map: developed map of urban forest patches characterizing types with similar size, shape, ownership, surrounding land use, etc. to help guide conservation activities.ERS, PE
Geography and Environmental SystemsMatthew BakerBaltimore Green Space,
Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Parks and People Foundation, Baltimore Zoo
Annual forest survey and analysis of data: uses students for annual survey and data analysis related to urban forest patches.ERS, PE
Survey of Effects of Passive Vegetation Management,
Geography and Environmental Systems
Matthew BakerBaltimore City Office of Sustainability, Park and People Foundation, Baltimore GreenspaceSurvey of this type of vegetation management in city forests under conservation easements, incl. sampling protocol and training of permanent and seasonal personnel.ERS, WD
Geography and Environmental SystemsMatthew BakerBaltimore Greenspace, Office of SustainabilityExotic plant invasions in Baltimore woodlands surveys: conducted low-altitude surveys and structural modeling of exotic plant invasions in Baltimore woodlands.ERS
Geography and Environmental SystemsMatthew BakerBaltimore Greenspace, Office of Sustainability, Audubon SocietyMigratory bird survey: will conduct survey of migratory birds in urban woodland patches.ERS
Mosquito Traps Program,
Geography and Environmental Systems
Dawn BiehlerProgram wherein incarcerated people have developed mosquito trap prototype, are testing trap while learning techniques for monitoring mosquito ecology.WD, EM, ERS
Geography and Environmental SystemsDena AufseeserArchival research on youth curfew laws: student’s examination of history of youth curfew laws in Baltimore to see the ways in which particular groups of young people regulated in and through space.ERS
Geography and Environmental SystemsSari BennettBaltimore City Public SchoolsGeography teacher professional development for elementary teachers to strengthen geography instruction. Demonstration of classroom activities aligned with state standards.EM
Geography and Environmental SystemsMaggie HollandSeveral incl. the Farm Alliance, JHU Center for a Livable FutureMapping foodsheds of Baltimore City: MSc research into foodsheds and ways in which these systems contribute to mitigating neighborhood food insecurity.ERS
Geography and Environmental SystemsMaggie HollandMayor’s Office of Homeless Services, Baltimore City Depts of Planning and Housing and Community DevelopmentMSc research into development and use of the Housing Market Typology as well as other Baltimore City datasets for planning and development for other neighborhood organizations.ERS
Imaging Research CenterLee BootOffice of Promotion and the Arts, Culture Works and othersBaltimore stories website: developing online film series to capture stories of Baltimore residents working to build the culture of their communities.ERS, AC
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Imaging Research Center; Language, Literacy & Culture; Student AffairsScott Casper, Kathy Odell, Lee Boot, Bev Bickel, David Hoffman, Romy Hubler, and othersMICA, Morgan State University, Towson University and arts and culture organizations and leaders from BaltimoreUMBC is hosting 2015 Imagining America national conference .IA is a national consortium of arts, designers, scholars and community activists strengthening democracy and civic life. Location: UMBC, Mt. Vernon neighborhood cultural institutions, MICA and Morgan. Planning has involved unprecedented engagement of diverse cultural and civic organizations to build toward sustained collaboration following the October conference.AC
Imaging Research Center, EducationLee Boot, Mavis SandersDew More BaltimoreArts in education pilot program
in a Baltimore public school: testing hypothesis that arts done democratically can put the climate and culture of a school on solid ground; project will be documented on film and evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively.
Language, Literacy and CultureBev Bickel (PI), Helen Atkinson (Director)BCPSS teachers and community membersThe grant funded Teachers' Democracy Project supports teachers from Baltimore City Public Schools to develop student-centered, culturally responsive pedagogical skills; build shared critical knowledge about the local and national contexts of schooling; and connect meaningfully to efforts focused on strengthening public education and democratically controlled communitiesEM, ERS
Geography and Environmental SystemsMaggie HollandWolfe Street Academy, Baltimore City Public SchoolsMSc research into Southeast Baltimore Latino and immigrant population experience in Southeast Baltimore foodscape; student provided after school program for immigrant students.ERS, HS
Imaging Research CenterDan BaileyMD Historical SocietyEarly Baltimore Project:
developed large, interactive exhibit on display at the MD Historical Society of Baltimore in the landmark year of 1814 ; exhibit based on extensive, pioneering research and uses technically sophisticated means of visualization ; also online as free, public resource.
English for Speakers of Other Languages ProgramJohn NelsonEsperanza CenterM.A. students volunteer and teach at the centerEM
EducationPam MorganBaltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City College High School, Digital Harbor High School, Violetville Elem/Middle School, Baltimore City Public SchoolsProfessional Development Schools: places at least 5 teachers-in-training in schools with support provided by UMBC with aim of not only training but strengthening school.EM
EducationJon SingerBaltimore City Public
Schools, Violetville Elementary/Middle School
After-school science programs for elementary students and middle school students.EM
EducationGene Schaffer and Mavis Sanders,
Consortium for Urban EducationParticipation in Consortium for Urban Education, which coordinates and facilitates partnerships between university entities and public schools; teacher excellence agenda, with immediate focus on hiring process, induction and support for first-year teachers and work groups for college access, civic engagement, family engagement, STEM and teacher excellence.EM
EducationSusan BlunckMD Science CenterMaryland Science Center uses elementary science methods students to teach science with the staff of MSC; ongoing 15 years.EM
EducationBarbara Bourne and Chris RakesBaltimore City Public SchoolsSupport for students from UMBC professional development schools at summer learning camps at UMBC--7 this year, including 4 at innovative math camp.EM
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars ProgramArt Johnson and Jessica CookCollegeBound FoundationA minimum of one place provided to Baltimore City public high school students in Sondheim Scholars program for undergraduates; program communicated through recruitment visits and contact with CB counselorsEM
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars programsJessica CookCommodore Rogers School, Baltimore City Public SchoolsEnvironmental science mentoring for Commodore John Rogers School:
provides monthly participation in environmental projects with UMBC Sondheim and Sherman scholars and visits to UMBC for 15-25 students.
Shriver Center and Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars ProgramJessica CookMultiple, including the Esperanza Center, Baltimore CASH Campaign, St. Agnes Hospital, Creative Alliance, Health DepartmentSondheim Scholars provide weekly service for a year or more in nonprofits or educational institutions; serve in (mandatory) internshipsWD, EM, HS, AC
Political ScienceFelipe FilomenoMultiple informal, including National Aquarium, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter SchoolResearch into globalization experiences of several Baltimore-based organizations conducted by Program in Global Studies students, resulting in forthcoming publication of case studies.ERS
Political ScienceFelipe
Immigration policy research: developed new theoretical approach to Baltimore City immigration policy, resulting in research paper under peer review for publication.ERS, PE
Global Studies ProgramRhyner WashburnInternational Rescue CommitteeCommunity garden: Global Studies students work on national/local community garden program with focus on nutrition education, community gardening and small business farming training.EM, WD
Visual ArtsSymmes GardnerMD Art Place, Current Space, Jordan Faye Contemporary GalleryIntermedia and Digital Arts Program MFA thesis exhibition,
spring 1015, in Baltimore.
Center for Art, Design and Visual CultureSandra AbbottBaltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City College High SchoolEducation outreach to City College High School students through Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture contemporary art exhibitions in fall 2014, spring and fall 2015, spring 2016 .AC
MDQuit Resource CenterCarlo DiClemente
Baltimore City Health Department Tobacco ControlServes 24 jurisdictions including Baltimore City, under MOU with MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, by providing training and technical assistance to providers and professionals who deliver tobacco cessation and prevention to clients; also provides consultation to Preventing Substance-Exposed Pregnancies Coalition and its parent, B’more for Healthy Babies, to help reduce maternal exposure to substances at preconception, during pregnancy and postpartum.HSCenter for Tobacco Prevention and Control, Prevention and Health Promotion Admin.
CVS Tobacco Cessation ProgramCarlo
Baltimore City Health DepartmentAs a part of work with MDQuit, have (pending) MOU with Baltimore City Health Department to develop training materials for 15 CVS pharmacies located throughout Baltimore City. As a result of training, pharmacy staff will be equipped to deliver tobacco cessation information to patients.HS
Sexual Health Integration InitiativeCarlo DiClemente
Family Health Centers of Baltimore,
Institutes for Behavioral Research REACH Program
Providing capacity building and training for mental health, substance abuse and HIV primary-care providers under an MOU with MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene targeting jurisdictions that have the highest HIV prevalence.HSInfectious Disease Bureau, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, MD DHMH
No Wrong Door ProjectCarlo
Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, Inc., other substance abuse and mental health agenciesProvides capacity building and training for mental health, substance abuse and HIV primary-care providers in Baltimore Metro Statistical Area.HSInfectious Disease Bureau, Prevention and Health Promotion Admin, DHMH
Home Visiting Training Certificate DevelopmentCarlo
Baltimore City Health Department Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Visiting ProgramDeveloping training certificate program for home visitors and supervisors across MD to empower home visitors with current knowledge and empirically supported practices.HS, WD, ERSTraining grant awarded by DHMH
PsychologyCarlo DiClementeUMB School of MedicineEvaluation activities for MD Doctors Making a Difference (MD3) Program:
providing evaluation activities for a UB Medical School project under a SAMHSA grant to train medical students to conduct screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for substance abuse with their patients; trained residents staff hospitals and clinics in Baltimore
HS, EMUMB School of Medicine
PsychologyCarlo DiClementeUMB School of Social WorkEvaluation activities for Broadening SBIRT’s Reach Program: providing evaluation activities for a UMB School of Social Work project under a SAMHSA grant to train social work students to conduct screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for substance abuse with their clients.HS, EMUMB School of Social Work
TheatreEve Muson and Susan McCullyInterrobang Theatre Company,
Strand Theatre Company
McCully writing and Muson directing new play, Kermoor, a production of two Baltimore theater companies, to run Oct. 29-Nov. 15, 2015.AC
Visual ArtsTim Nohe Baltimore Office of Promotion and the ArtsNohe serving on Artscape 2016 Space Advisory Committee.
Visual ArtsTim NoheBaltimore Green Space and Friends School of BaltimoreNohe documents and shares information about an urban forest patch as part of Springfield Woods Stewardship Project.AC
Visual ArtsPreminda JacobLiving Classrooms, Friends of Patterson Park, Force, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Paul’s PlaceArt in public spaces: used students in the course Space and Place in Public Art and Urbanism to bring art where it might not be, specifically, murals, enhanced park pedestals, posters and patchwork for memorial quilt; work with children from Paul’s Place homeless shelter to design and paint mural.AC
Visual ArtsKelley BellTransmodern Performance FestivalGraphic design for 11th Annual Transmodern Performance Festival, Baltimore:
designed branding, signage and promotional materials.
Visual ArtsSteve BradleyWEAA-FM
(Marc Steiner Show)
5-part radio series, “Stories of Deindustrialized Baltimore”: students in 4 courses produced series broadcast in spring 2014.AC
Visual ArtsSteve BradleyBrooklyn Branch Library, Enoch Pratt Free LibraryStudents together with Benjamin Franklin High School students and community members created a mural at the Brooklyn branch library.AC, EM
Visual ArtsLyn CazabonFemale inmates created garden portraits displayed in Baltimore light rail trains.AC
Gender and Women’s StudiesKate DrabinskiBaltimore HeritageDrabinski helped organize LGBT walking tours of Baltimore.EM
Gender and Women’s Studies, History, American StudiesKate Drabinski,
Denise Meringolo,
Nicole King
Maryland Historical Society, Wide Angle Youth Media, Reginald Lewis Museum, moreCollecting and preserving grassroots digital materials related to Baltimore Uprising. Established a website to display the photos and recordings: Working with partners to publicize and further develop the project.AC
Gender and Women’s StudiesKate DrabinskiCity PaperDrabinski producing pieces about Baltimore politics, urban development and culture as columnist and feature writer.AC
Gender and Women’s StudiesKate DrabinskiQueerstoriesWith two artists from MICA Drabinski researching Baltimore queer history and presenting at LGBT events around the city.AC, EM
Gender and Women’s StudiesKate DrabinskiBaltimore Urban Debate LeagueDrabinski volunteering as debate judge at elementary, middle and high school levels.EM
Gender and Women’s StudiesKate DrabinskiAsylee Women EnterprisesPlanning to place students as mentors for migrant women in Baltimore area who are seeking or were granted asylum.EM
Judaic StudiesMichele OsherowJewish Museum of MD
Baltimore, Jewish Council/Jewish Volunteer Connection,
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Hoping to place students as interns or for service learning in several nonprofit organizations.AC, EM
Urban Resources Initiative Internship ProgramEd OrserBaltimore City Department of Rec and Parks, Parks & People FoundationPlaces students, 3 from UMBC this spring, in rec/greenspace organizations; Orser is coordinator.Other
Mapping Dialogues: Deindustrialization in Baltimore ProjectNicole King
American Studies
Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, Curtis Bay Improvement Association, Filbert St. Community Garden, Chesapeake Center for the Development of YouthProvides public humanities programming: http://mappingbaybrook.orgERSMD Humanities Council
Baltimore Traces ProjectNicole King
American Studies and
Bill Shrewbridge, director, New Media Studio
WEAA-FM (Marc Steiner Show, Center for Emerging Media), Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Bromo Seltzer Arts DistrictStudents build multimedia mapping projects and oral histories on changing neighborhoods:
ERSHrabowski Innovation Grant
American StudiesNicole KingBaltimore Arts + Justice, MICAKing serves on advisory committee and assessment team (for the NEH-funded Our Town grant) through 2015 with this MICA-based project working at intersection of art and social justice.Other
Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and CultureNicole King,
American Studies
King serves as director (since founding in 2010) fostering innovative collaborations between scholars, students, and Baltimore area community organizations for creative responses to issues identified by communities; sponsors Bmore Historic Unconference at MD Historical Society; this year introducing first Orser Center Fellow Award:
HistoryDenise MeringoloBaltimore HeritageStudents provide crucial support to the two-person staff, conducting research and developing content for a smart phone application that connects visitors to historic places in and around the city; relationship since 2012.EMHrabowski Innovation Grant to expand the existing partnership.
HistoryDenise MeringoloBaltimore City Commission for Historical and Archaeological Preservation, other local preservation organizationMeringolo is identifying and developing walking tours for March 2015 annual meeting of the National Council on Public History.AC
HistoryMeredith OyenBaltimore City Public Schools,Thomas Johnson Middle SchoolOyen plans to have students in Introduction to the Study of History course pair with Johnson students to do parallel research and reports in time for National History Day. Possibility that UMBC undergraduates will help more broadly with getting City students’ History Day projects ready.EM
American StudiesKimberly
Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys charter schoolMoffitt is a founder: http://www.baltimorecollegiate.orgEM
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural CommunicationSara PoggioHouse of Ruth, Education-Based Latino Outreach, St. Stephen Lutheran Church Refugee Youth Project, Esperanza CtrStudents provide service, including primarily one-on-one tutoring to immigrant children and adults.EM
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural CommunicationSteven YoungBaltimore Green SpaceYoung manages a former City pocket park now owned by Baltimore Green Space, local nonprofit land trust.Other
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural CommunicationAna Maria
Schwartz Caballero
Baltimore City Hispanic CommissionSchwartz Caballero chairs the commission, which identifies and defines issues concerning needs and rights of Hispanic community and advises City government.PE
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural CommunicationSusanne SuttonZion Lutheran ChurchUsing student interns, helping to digitize the church’s library holdings.AC
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural CommunicationSusanne SuttonMD Historical SocietySutton helps translate German newspaper articles for exhibits and archives.AC
EnglishElaine McDougallFriendship Academy, Baltimore City Public SchoolsStudents tutor elementary school students in reading and work with parents to bring greater literacy into homes in Reading Partners
EnglishElaine McDougallManna HouseStudents from Technical Communications course designed flyer and created GoFundMe site to help Manna House’s Breakfast Club.Other
EnglishDeborah RudacilleCityLight Society,
UB, Sowebo neighborhood
Rudacille co-curates “The New Mercury Nonfiction Reading Series,” which had readings at the Baltimore Book and CityLit festivals (2016 work will focus on poverty, education, crime & punishment in Baltimore); after contributing to special issue of American Short Fiction, “Things American” on Gray’s death and Baltimore Uprising, sat on associated panel at UB townhall mtg; collaborated with photographer Martha Cooper on book documenting daily life in Southwest Baltimore.CA
EnglishDeborah RudacilleSt. Matthew Roman Catholic Church LEAD groupRudacille helps with outreach and support for LGBT Catholics.CE
PEN Writers in Schools program, Baltimore City Public SchoolsRudacille visits schools.CA
Health Administration and Policy ProgramAndrea KalfoglouPort Discovery Children’s MuseumHealthy First Saturday Program:
students in Social Bases of Public and Community Health course hold 4 health fairs yearly for children 2-10.
Health Administration and Policy ProgramAndrea
Safe House of HopeKalfoglou and students conduct food drives, provide supplies, rally in Annapolis in support of antisex- trafficking legislation.CE
Sociology and AnthropologyJana RehakMD Traditions Festival in E. Baltimore, CASA de MarylandStudents provide help for the festival, have internships at CASA.EM
Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars ProgramRehana Shafi,
KIPP Harmony and KIPP Ujima Village academies, Green Street Academy, Cristo Rey SchoolStudents spend 8-10 hours/week for a semester in their placement school working with a classroom teacher and participating in day-to-day aspects of teaching.EM
Learning Resources CenterCassie Bichy,
Center for Academic Achievement at Baltimore City Community CollegeBichy consulted with coordinators for science and math tutoring/assistance, showing them the UMBC equivalents; in discussion about tutor training collaborationsEM
Honors CollegeJodi Kelber-Kaye,assistant directorBaltimore City Public SchoolsPlan for recruiting and retaining Baltimore City Public School graduates to UMBC, including an MOU soon to be finalized, merit scholarships for qualifying City schools graduates and strategies for recruiting and retaining such students. Recruiting recently begun.EM