Tyrone Roper sits at his desk

Find out the three items that have both meaning and purpose to him in the latest issue of “CATALYST” magazine.

When Tyrone Roper, MSW, director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Community Engagement Center (CEC), moved into his first-floor office at the CEC at 16 S. Poppleton St. last fall, he had to hit the ground running to get the new center ready for the public. He hasn’t yet had the time to decorate his office space.

“I do look forward at some point to situating this space so that it’s indicative of who I am,” said Roper, who became the center’s director in late 2019. 

But he does have three items that have both meaning and purpose to him on and around his desk.

Behind his desk is a photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the quote: “I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow. But to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.”

Roper, who says he looks at the quote each morning, added, “It helps me continue to stay grounded and focused on the bigger picture. It helps me to stay focused on this work not being about me trying to create my own image but making sure that I’m focused on catering and supporting and in partnership with our neighbors to be able to provide those things that they look forward to.”

Do you want to know what at the other two things are? Read more about Roper in CATALYST magazine.

You can read the Fall 2021 issue of CATALYST magazine, which highlights research on veterans with PTSD training service dogs; a celebration of our new Community Engagement Center; outreach by the School of Social Work’s Positive Schools Center; Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, UMB’s first chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president; our students returning to in-person learning; and much, much more at https://catalystmag.umaryland.edu/.

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