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Fall Local Food Fair Set for Nov. 20 at BioPark

University of Maryland, Baltimore employees responsible for catering services on behalf of their department are invited to a Local Food Connection Food Fair on Nov. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Local Food Connection is a program led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement that works to support the economy of neighboring communities in West Baltimore by using institutional purchasing power. Small but frequent catering purchases are an ideal way to build reliable revenue streams that help neighborhoods retain food businesses that hire local workers, improve local properties, and make food available to community members.

Those attending the Food Fair will be able to:

  • Sample free food.
  • Learn about local businesses that provide catering services.
  • Collect menus and coupons for their next event (while supplies last).
  • Support businesses in Southwest Baltimore.

The event will be held at the UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St., in the Conference Center.

  
Colin Smith Bulletin Board, Collaboration, University Life, USGAOctober 18, 20170 comments
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Career Development for Local Youth

On July 18, UMB hosted the Law and Leadership Academy Summer Program at Franklin Square Elementary Middle School for the third consecutive year.

The program offers career exposure activities to students in West Baltimore. Participating students hailed from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington Elementary Middle Schools, in addition to UMB’s partner school Franklin Square Elementary Middle. During the program this year, students have visited the UMB schools of nursing, law and dentistry.

This most recent visit was to the dental school where students learned about careers in dentistry and dental hygiene. Andrea Morgan, DDS, director of student advocacy and cultural affairs within the Division of Operative Dentistry, gave an overview of the profession, fielded questions about the specifics of common pediatric procedures, and led a tour of the practice labs.

  
Brian Sturdivant Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJuly 19, 20170 comments
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High School Summer Youthworkers Learn to Stop the Bleed

On Friday July 7, 2017, the current SBIP cohort participated in the Stop the Bleed training, a national awareness campaign to empower the public to employ simple techniques to stop life threatening bleeding and help save a life.

Stop the Bleed was launched in October of 2015 by the White House. The program was led by trauma surgeons Drs. Laura Buchanan and Rosemary Kozar, and Jason Paisley, MD, an Air Force surgeon, from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

All 2017 SBIP students participated and were certified to “Stop the Bleed” after learning how and demonstrating the application of tourniquets or pressure and filling a wound with gauze. SBIP students mentored by Buchanan and Kozar this year will support development of a PSA on the subject to be offered to students in schools throughout the State of Maryland.

  
Brian Sturdivant Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJuly 16, 20171 comment
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Spring Festival

Neighborhood Spring Festival

Join us for UMB’s annual Neighborhood Spring Festival. Connect with your neighbors while enjoying free activities!

Saturday, April 22  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  800 W. Baltimore St.

With Chauncey Whitehead as emcee, the festival will feature free:

  • Health and dental screenings
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Mental health resources
  • Legal advice
  • UMMC on the Move (University of Maryland Medical Center Mobile Health Van)
  • Performances: Korean dancing, live music, and spoken word
  • Taekwondo and outdoor zumba
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Earth Day activities and more!

Plus, fun for kids:

  • Games
  • Hula hoop fun
  • Face painting
  • Puppet-making

Contributions from Korean Women’s Golf Association of Maryland, Korean American Grocers Association of Maryland, Joyful Adult Medical Daycare, Honey Pig Restaurant, The Korean Society of Maryland, Nak Won Restaurant, the Dry Cleaner’s Association, Lexington Market, CulinArt, and Jay’s.

Sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture
First Lady Yumi Hogan, Honorary Chair

  
Claire Murphy UMB News, University LifeApril 4, 20170 comments
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Spring Festival at Community Engagement Center

Neighborhood Spring Festival

Join us for UMB’s Annual Neighborhood Festival at the Community Engagement Center! Connect with your neighbors and enjoy free activities.

Saturday, April 22  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  800 W. Baltimore St.

Free Activities

  • Health and dental screenings
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Mental health resources
  • Legal advice
  • UMMC on the Move (University of Maryland Medical Center Mobile Health Van)
  • Performances: Korean dancing, local school dance groups, and spoken word
  • Live music
  • Taekwondo and outdoor zumba
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Earth Day activities

Fun for Kids

  • Games
  • Hula hoop fun
  • Face painting
  • Puppet-making


Sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture
First Lady Yumi Hogan, Honorary Chair

  
Clare BanksABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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thanksgiving baskets

Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving

Departments or individuals can sponsor a family by collecting the items below to fill a Thanksgiving food basket.

Each Basket Should Include

  • 2 boxes of stuffing
  • 2 cans of cranberries
  • 2 boxes of mashed potatoes
  • 4 to 6 fresh sweet potatoes
  • 2 cans of gravy
  • 2 packages of rolls
  • 4 cans of vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, etc.)

*Turkeys and homemade desserts will be coordinated through the UMB Community Engagement Center.

Collection Drop-off

Monday, Nov. 7, through Friday, Nov. 18
UMB Community Engagement Center
Entrance at 870 W. Baltimore St.

Volunteer for a Basket Assembly

Monday, Nov. 21
UMB Community Engagement Center
Entrance at 870 W. Baltimore St.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Brian Sturdivant.

Don’t Have Time to Shop?

Donate online through the Staff Senate giving page.

  
Claire MurphyBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, University LifeNovember 11, 20162 comments
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Maryland unites

Day to Serve

Employees can use up to four hours of paid leave to volunteer at a nonprofit organization of your choice through Dec. 31. All regular state faculty and staff employees are eligible to participate. Sign up today!

Learn more and check out volunteer opportunities at umaryland.edu/oce/.

  
Claire Murphy ABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University Life, USGAOctober 20, 20160 comments
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Pop-Farm

The Power of Volunteers

Pop Farm: A Study in the Power of Volunteers

Pop Farm is a community flower and vegetable garden located just a few blocks west of the UMB BioPark. One year ago there was only endless litter and rusting junk there; now, glorious sunflowers, aromatic herbs, and huge, healthy vegetables are growing in ordered rows, providing food and color for the local community.

About a year ago, a group of volunteers from the AIA (the American Institute of Architects) donated their time to remove trash and junk from what was then an overgrown and abandoned lot that had become a community eyesore.

Late this summer, on a hot, humid August day, a second group of AIA volunteers (Baltimore Chapter and national) returned to perform maintenance and to make several improvements to what has now become a lovely community garden that serves James McHenry Elementary School and the local Poppleton neighborhood.

The 11 AIA volunteers installed a Little Free Library on a mail post that will allow nearby residents to borrow and donate books. Volunteers cut the grass, weeded, trimmed back trees and removed overgrown vegetation. They also helped paint a new, colorful sign that cheerfully announces “Pop Farm” to all visitors walking by.

For those of us repeat AIA volunteers, it was an absolute joy to witness the transformation made possible through the power of the many volunteers over the past year who have made this minor miracle possible.

You Can Help – Get Involved

But then, many hands always make for light work. UMB consists of ~12,500 people, including staff, students, and faculty. Just think of how much more could be accomplished if more of us chose to donate even four hours per year to projects like this!

Please take advantage of any one of the numerous opportunities that our Office of Community Engagement arranges throughout the year. There is no more enjoyable way to invest just a bit of your time to make a huge, measurable difference in the larger community surrounding our UMB campus.

For more info regarding community volunteer opportunities, please contact Bill Joyner at wjoyner@umaryland.edu.

Photo above, from left to right: Tim Matthews, Zevi Thomas*, Ramiro Solorzano, Mildred Hodge, Anthony Consoli*, Kathleen Lane*, Lillian Dolley, Regina Heard, and Nathan Denies*.  Participants not pictured: Karen Ross, Shelita Masterson, and Bill Joyner.

Those marked with an “*” are members of the AIA Baltimore Chapter; other volunteers are members of the AIA National staff in Washington, D.C.

by Anthony Consoli
UMB Campus Architect & 2016 AIA Baltimore Chapter President

  
Anthony Consoli Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University LifeOctober 19, 20160 comments
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Book Drive BCPS

Book Drive

During the month of March, UMB’s Office of Community Engagement will be collecting new, hardcover children’s books for the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project. If you are unable to donate books, online donations are also accepted.

All books will be accepted, but graphic novels and picture books appropriate for elementary school age children are desired.

Series Recommendations
From Baltimore City Public Schools

  • Bobby the Brave
  • Carver Chronicles
  • Zapa to Power
  • Miami Jackson
  • Club House Mysteries
  • Gloria Rising
  • Julian Secret Agent
  • Anna Hibiscus
  • Alvin Ho
  • Dyamonde Daniel
  • Simply Sarah
  • Milo & Jazz
  • Get Ready for Gabby
  • Calvin Coconut
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Stink
  • Never Girls
  • Galaxy Zack
  • Captain Awesome
  • Imaginary Veterinary
  • Spirit Animals
  • Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja
  • Stick Dog
  • Secret Zoo
  • Origami Yoda
  • Seven Wonders
  • Last Dogs
  • 43 Old Cemetery Road
  • Dragon Masters
  • Dragon Breath
  • Haunted Library
  • Owl Diaries

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project is a collaborative effort to improve academic achievement by renovating libraries in Baltimore City Public Schools. With your donation, either new books or online, you are giving students the lifetime gift of literacy.

Look for collection bins in your building.

  
Claire MurphyABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 26, 20160 comments
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Share-Our-Strength

Lead a Store Tour in West Baltimore!

The Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is a national program working to end child hunger in the United States. As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter and make healthier choices through an interactive, guided in-store shopping tour.

The Office of Community Engagement and the School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is actively recruiting students who are interested in leading store tours at local grocery stores and markets in West Baltimore!

For more details, contact Oriyomi Dawodu.

  
Oriyomi Dawodu Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, University LifeOctober 19, 20150 comments
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Community Engagement Center

Work-Study Job Openings

The Office of Community Engagement is currently hiring part-time work-study employees to serve at the new Community Engagement Center in the UM BioPark. The positions offer flexible scheduling and opportunities to build professional skills.

Program Navigator Needed

Serve as official “greeter” and logistics manager at the Community Engagement Center. The student will assist in identifying UMB community engagement programming to meet needs expressed by residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods and provide general support for all meetings and training sessions held at the center.

If interested, please contact Brian Sturdivant.

  
Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, University AdministrationOctober 8, 20150 comments
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Grocery-Store-Tour

Lead a Store Tour in West Baltimore!

The Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is a national program working to end child hunger in the United States. As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter and make healthier choices through an interactive, guided in-store shopping tour.

The Office of Community Engagement and the School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is actively recruiting students who are interested in leading store tours at local grocery stores and markets in West Baltimore. The tentative start date for the program is August 24th and the program will run through November. For more details, contact Oriyomi Dawodu at odawodu@epi.umaryland.edu.Oriyomi Dawodu

  
Oriyomi DawoduCollaboration, Community Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeAugust 10, 20150 comments
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UMB Race Discussion Reveals Gains, Shortcomings

UMB Race Discussion Reveals Gains, Shortcomings

The University continued its discussion on race July 28 with an update from UMB leadership on recommended action and sharing of ideas and concerns from those in the audience.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, led the discussion as the focal point of his quarterly Q&A. He reminded the crowd of the May 6 forum titled “A Discussion About Race in Baltimore.”

“It was less than three weeks after the death of Freddie Gray, two weeks after his funeral, which, as you know, was the same day that widespread rioting broke out in the city. We talked about racism, poverty, and disinvestment in West Baltimore.

“But as students, faculty, and staff took the microphone for comments, another piece to the conversation started to emerge. And it had to do with our own institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion — our institutional commitment to meaningful community engagement.”

Recommendations

So Perman charged UMB’s Diversity Advisory Council to review the May 6 conversation and come up with recommendations. These recommendations, under the themes of career and professional advancement, cultural competency, and community service and engagement, were revealed at the July 28 follow-up discussion.

They include:

  • Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the University’s personnel actions relating to recruitment, promotion, tenure, reclassifications, and equity adjustments.
  • Enhance the University’s efforts to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Evaluate the University’s job classification system and, where necessary, modify the system
  • Evaluate strategies for enhancing cultural competency at the University
  • Support the newly formed Office of Community Engagement

Prioritize key components including a “day of service” and a career program that educates community residents about employment opportunities at the University.

‘Examine Our Track Record’

“As Dr. Perman mentioned, we heard frustration from some employees who feel that they’ve been passed over for promotions not based on their job performance, but based on their race or ethnicity,” said DAC chair Elsie Stines, DNP, MS, CRNP, who announced the recommendations with DAC vice chair Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN.

“And so we decided that the first thing we need to do is to examine our track record. We need a baseline assessment to gauge whether equity in recruitment, promotion, and salary is a problem at UMB.”

Fahie spoke about how the President’s Fellows, an interprofessional group of students from all seven UMB schools who lead a yearlong discussion on a topic of interest to UMB and its community, will do its 2015-2016 White Paper on cultural competence.

HRS’ Role

Then Roger J. Ward (pictured), EdD, JD, MPA, chief accountability officer and vice president of operations and planning, and interim chief of human resource services (HRS), spoke of how the University “will bring these recommendations to life” in terms of race and ethnicity as well as gender.

For instance, HRS has begun a comprehensive review of the University’s personnel actions relating to recruitment, promotion, tenure, reclassifications, and equity adjustments over the past three fiscal years.

UMB’s job classification system will be evaluated, Ward said. An Extension Center will be opened to offer job training for community residents and much more. And HRS will engage an external consultant to conduct an institutionwide climate survey to assess perceptions of diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.

Audience Is Heard

The floor was opened to comments and, as in the May 6 discussion, there were plenty.

One attendee reminded leadership to not forget about University affiliates. “A lot of corporate employees work side by side with state employees and there is a vast difference in their salaries.”

Carla Jones from the School of Dentistry echoed that view. “I’ve been on both sides of the fence. Within the University you should be compensated for the work you do whether you’re with a corporation or the state. There should be no in between. You have to count the time, the years, the experience, the department you work in, and classify the jobs accordingly.”

Colette Beaulieu, president of the Staff Senate, reminded the audience to contact the senate with troublesome issues “so we can advocate on your behalf.”

A staff member from the multi-trade shop spoke of the importance of respect and added, “in my department I see ‘I-I-I’. As a University and as a community, it should be ‘we’.”

Perman praised the presenters and the audience for their participation and assured them that the dialogue would continue.

Read the full story.

  
Chris ZangCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 29, 20150 comments
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Franklin Square Kids Learn and Leap Into the Pool at URecFit

On the afternoon of Friday, July 10, students from Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School visited the UMB campus to learn about financial literacy at the School of Social Work, and enjoyed an afternoon swim at URecFit.

This six-week experience, as part of a summer camp developed by social studies teacher and UMB Carey School of Law graduate Kirk Crawley, Esq., and supported by UMB via the Office of Community Engagement and URecFit, is designed to expose local youth to careers in health, law, and human services while providing fun, fitness activities once a week on the UMB campus.

Students to Visit UMB Schools

The students will visit campus on Fridays from July 10 through Aug. 14. Visiting each UMB school and participating in activities that include simulation and practice lab tours, human anatomy activities, and more!

  
Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsJuly 13, 20151 comment
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