Community Engagement

  • Ready and Waiting

    After months of anticipation, UMB is thrilled to announce that the new Community Engagement Center has been completed on time and under budget.

    Read more in UMB News.

  • Volunteer Today to Be Part of the COVID-19 Response

    There are many ways civic-minded Marylanders can help during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Remembering Ms. Anita

    It is with a very heavy heart that the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Office of Community Engagement shares the news of Anita Maynor Warren’s passing.

    Read more about Ms. Anita

  • Get the Scoop on Census 2020

    Census registration is open. Completing the census is mandatory. It’s our way to participate in democracy and say “I COUNT!”

    College students who live away from home should count themselves at their campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are home on April 1, 2020.

    Learn more.

  • Members of the Office of Community Engagement enjoyed sharing fun with our neighbors during Neighborhood Lights.

    Members of the Office of Community Engagement enjoyed sharing fun with our neighbors during Neighborhood Lights.

  • Members of the Francis King Carey School of Law’s trial team hosted 32 students from UMB partner school George Washington Elementary’s after-school program for a career exposure activity on March 13.

    Members of the Francis King Carey School of Law’s trial team hosted 32 students from UMB partner school George Washington Elementary’s after-school program for a career exposure activity on March 13.

  • UMB students, faculty, and staff provide more than 2 million hours of service annually to residents in communities surrounding the campus and throughout the state of Maryland.

    UMB students, faculty, and staff provide more than 2 million hours of service annually to residents in communities surrounding the campus and throughout the state of Maryland.

  • Brian Sturdivant, MSW, directs UMB resources to support local schools and families.

    Brian Sturdivant, MSW, directs UMB resources to support local schools and families.

  • Bronwyn Mayden, MSW, leads the Promise Heights Initiative.

    Bronwyn Mayden, MSW, leads the Promise Heights Initiative.

  • Margaret Hayes, MS, leads A Bridge to Academic Excellence at the School of Pharmacy.

    Margaret Hayes, MS, leads A Bridge to Academic Excellence at the School of Pharmacy.

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) serves as UMB’s liaison to communities across the state of Maryland on behalf of the Office of the President.

Focusing on communities in West Baltimore that border the UMB campus, OCE develops and nurtures Universitywide partnerships with external stakeholders, including K-12 public schools, community organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses. We assist UMB’s professional schools with coordinating community engagement initiatives. Additionally, OCE coordinates faculty, staff, and student volunteer and service-learning initiatives to respond to needs identified by community partners.

Many of our ventures take place in the Community Engagement Center (CEC), which is the cornerstone of UMB's Community Campus, a location and a concept that demonstrate a deep commitment to strengthening West Baltimore in collaboration with the neighbors who live there and local business owners. The new CEC is close to seven times larger than the former center, which opened its doors in 2015. 

The CEC is where neighbors of all ages come to engage in free quality programs, services, supports, trainings, and activities. Our aim is to provide a safe environment that supports the empowerment of our neighbors while strengthening the neighborhoods of West Baltimore. With this newly renovated space, the CEC is even better equipped to reach and serve more people as we work toward our goal of improving the health and well-being of our neighbors. 

Giving Opportunities

Help the UMB Community Engagement Center (CEC) touch lives and change the trajectory of children and families growing up in poverty and vulnerable situations in West Baltimore.

News

October 11, 2020  |  “A Night of Stars” features philanthropy, food and cocktail demonstrations, singing performances, and gratitude for UMB’s efforts to fight COVID-19.

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September 24, 2020  |  After months of anticipation, UMB is thrilled to announce that the new CEC has been completed on time and under budget.

September 24, 2020  |  New president aims to “reimagine and reposition” UMB in response to COVID-19.

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September 23, 2020  |  UMB and UMMC team up to bring their annual summer YouthWorks Program to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 18, 2020  |  On the Sept. 17 edition of "Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell," a discussion of UMB's new Community Engagement Center.

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August 27, 2020  |  The UMB PAL Program moves its summer programming to a virtual setting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 17, 2020  |  Druid Heights and Heritage Crossing added to successful homeownership initiative.

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July 17, 2020  |  UMB's Community Engagement Center is partnering with Project Waves to install Wi-Fi towers across West Baltimore to provide free internet access to hundreds of families.

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June 16, 2020  |  UMB’s Community Engagement Center moves its weekly exercise classes to a virtual platform in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 12, 2020  |  Promise Heights initiative chief Bronwyn Mayden and Union Baptist Senior Pastor Rev. Alvin Hathaway talk about coping and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 6, 2020  |  UMB's Community Engagement Center teamed with Southwest Baltimore’s Arabber Preservation Society to deliver 2,000 pounds of frozen chicken to West Baltimore.

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April 20, 2020  |  The UMB Community Engagement Center delivers dozens of donated care packages to PAL Program families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 7, 2020  |  UMB is collecting monetary donations to help order food from local businesses and provide free lunches to essential employees working on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 13, 2020  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore welcomes Tyrone Roper, MSW, as the new director of the Community Engagement Center.

January 8, 2020  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore lights up campus buildings in a show of "Purple Pride" for the hometown Baltimore Ravens football team.

December 26, 2019  |  West Baltimore residents gather to bid farewell to Dr. Perman in his transition from UMB president to USM Chancellor; enjoy holiday cheer at Community Engagement Center.

December 6, 2019  |  The University of Maryland School of Medicine marked three decades of outreach to West Baltimore during Project Feast on Thanksgiving Day.

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November 13, 2019  |  A top-tier multidisciplinary team confronted the challenges of chronic pain at a community discussion.

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November 11, 2019  |  Third-grade students from three Baltimore City schools got a tasty lesson in healthy eating and exercising habits through the Kids to the Farmers Market Program.

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October 30, 2019  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is expanding its outreach to the surrounding West Baltimore community with the groundbreaking of a brand-new Community Engagement Center.

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September 23, 2019  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore Invites Community Members and City Leaders to Celebrate the Groundbreaking of $8 Million Community Engagement Center; Ravens' Hall of Famer Ray Lewis to Attend

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September 6, 2019  |  UMB’s Fall Fest 2019 attracted hundreds for outdoor fun.

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August 22, 2019  |  This summer, the Grid hosted some of Baltimore's best and brightest teenagers for the five-week Bet on Baltimore program.

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August 21, 2019  |  Donated vehicles increase access to programs, field trips.

July 31, 2019  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore to begin renovation of $8 million Community Engagement Center as centerpiece of its community campus.

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July 24, 2019  |  This summer 78 students are participating in the Summer Bioscience Internship Program, one sector of the YouthWorks Program at UMB.

July 12, 2019  |  An interactive event held by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy PATIENTS Program aims to improve the way research is understood by community residents, patients, and researchers.

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June 6, 2019  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)’s Project SEARCH graduation ceremony featured a mix of revelry and reunion with the Class of 2019 celebrating completion of the internship program.

May 24, 2019  |  West Baltimore children shared the spotlight with UMB police officers at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater through the Police Athletic/Activities League.

May 10, 2019  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, delivers the sixth annual State of the University Address.

May 3, 2019  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore holds its fourth annual neighborhood health and arts festival for West Baltimore residents.

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April 11, 2019  |  With the stroke of a dozen paintbrushes, students from Renaissance Academy High School along with First Lady Yumi Hogan put the finishing touches on a brand-new mural.

March 29, 2019  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, weighs in on report at State of Downtown Breakfast

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March 28, 2019  |  Ninth-grade students from P-TECH Healthcare at Dunbar had the opportunity to visit R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for a unique, hands-on experience.

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March 22, 2019  |  Maryland Carey Law clinics are working with the NAACP to address the disparate impacts of climate change on communities of color.

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March 6, 2019  |  West Baltimore middle school students got the chance to be certified in Stop the Bleed training then present their own life-saving invention to a room of pharmacy students and professionals at UMB.

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February 12, 2019  |  In partnership with Port Discovery, UMB has given more than 100 families at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School free, year-long memberships to the Baltimore children's museum.

January 15, 2019  |  UMB's Live Near Your Work Program offers eligible employees $16,000 toward the purchase of a home in the surrounding community.

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December 6, 2018  |  Neighbors From West Baltimore Can Buy Holiday Presents at a Deep Discount thanks to the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Community Engagement Center and Foundry Church

November 29, 2018  |  The University of Maryland School of Medicine, with the support of volunteers from UMB and beyond, welcomes hundreds to a festive Thanksgiving meal.

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November 28, 2018  |  Farmers, landowners, environmentalists, and other agricultural stakeholders benefited from the daylong Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference on Nov. 8, 2018.

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November 2, 2018  |  Third-graders from three Baltimore schools get the chance to learn about health and nutrition through the Kids To The Farmers Market Program.

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October 30, 2018  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Community Engagement Center is once again playing a role in civic affairs by hosting an early voting site for the 2018 Maryland General Election.

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October 22, 2018  |  Officers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Force pulled on aprons and hair nets to serve dinner at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Baltimore.

October 19, 2018  |  UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, asks Baltimore business and civic leaders to apply the same effort used to transform Baltimore's downtown to improving its Westside community.

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September 17, 2018  |  West Baltimore children shared the spotlight with UMB police officers at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater through the Police Athletic/Activities League.

September 13, 2018  |  UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, explained the benefits of the P-TECH technology education program at a gathering of government, business, and education leaders in Annapolis.

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August 10, 2018  |  Despite stormy skies, UMB’s National Night Out reinforced the relationships between the university's Police Force, Community and Engagement Center, and West Baltimore neighbors with a free cookout.

July 27, 2018  |  The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s PATIENTS Program welcomes members of West Baltimore communities to engage with experts and participate in an interactive health fair.

July 25, 2018  |  YouthWorks interns learn valuable skills to succeed in higher education and careers.

June 14, 2018  |  The Community Engagement Center hosts a site operated by the Baltimore City Board of Elections during early voting June 14-21, encouraging turnout by canvassing, decorating, and holding a cookout.

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May 23, 2018  |  The Levitas Initiative will put Carey Law students into middle schools to teach young people about sexual assault and healthy relationships.

May 10, 2018  |  Third annual UMB Neighborhood Spring Festival brings community together for fun, food, and fellowship.

May 9, 2018  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Perman Reviews Accomplishments at State of the University Address

April 24, 2018  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore welcomed a special visitor during Light City 2018.

April 5, 2018  |  Annual State of Downtown breakfast celebrates successes of businesses, institutions partnered to improve Baltimore’s most “dynamic” district.

March 16, 2018  |  UMB works to help community members find jobs through Workforce Wednesday and other programs.

March 7, 2018  |  UMB launches Police Athletic/Activities League at the Community Engagement Center in West Baltimore.

January 26, 2018  |  Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh expresses gratitude to the University of Maryland, Baltimore for encouraging employees to “Live Near Your Work” by becoming homebuyers in Southwest Baltimore.

January 10, 2018  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore introduces a Live Near Your Work incentive for employees that totals $18,500 including a $2,500 matching grant from the city of Baltimore.

December 19, 2017  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Community Engagement Center offered a Stop the Bleed class to area residents.

December 11, 2017  |  On December 7, 2017 UM Ventures rolled out a set of new initiatives targeting innovation and entrepreneurship.

December 1, 2017  |  An annual event, led for the 28th year by students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, serves Thanksgiving dinner to 400 people in West Baltimore

November 28, 2017  |  UMB and the UM Medical Center bring The Partnership With West Baltimore into the community at a town hall meeting.

November 28, 2017  |  The third annual ALEI conference brought together many players in Maryland's agricultural landscape.

November 22, 2017  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore 2016-2017 seed grant recipients are improving interprofessional education and health outcomes across Baltimore City.

November 22, 2017  |  Local Food Connection Food Fair connects food vendors in West Baltimore with University purchasers.

November 20, 2017  |  Fourth-graders put the finishing touches on new mural at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School Nov. 14 thanks to the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Council for the Arts and Culture.

October 27, 2017  |  A panel discussion during the RISING Baltimore symposium discusses the role the University should play in the West Baltimore community.

October 26, 2017  |  The University of Maryland School of Dentistry refines a model for delivering oral health care during a Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Baltimore.

October 26, 2017  |  Rising Baltimore encouraged participants to share community engagement strategies across professions, between universities, and even across borders.

October 13, 2017  |  The University of Maryland BioPark was recognized as outstanding among its peers by the Association of University Research Parks.

September 28, 2017  |  A Downtown Partnership of Baltimore study shows strong and growing demand for housing in the downtown area.

September 25, 2017  |  New computers are available at the Community Engagement Center for use by residents of Southwest Baltimore.

September 19, 2017  |  The Ravens and UMB unveil a $1.5 million renovation to Renaissance Academy, a Promise Heights school that was under threat of closure last year.

August 11, 2017  |  Teenagers gain skills though placements on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and in West Baltimore neighborhoods served by the Community Engagement Center.

August 3, 2017  |  Redeveloped McKeldin Square Park provides greener, more accessible meeting place for visitors and residents.

July 7, 2017  |  University of Maryland School of Dentistry volunteers mark 22 years of service to athletes with intellectual disabilities who compete in Special Olympics Maryland.

May 26, 2017  |  The University of Maryland School of Dentistry brings professional football players, Baltimore student athletes, and an entrepreneurial alumnus to observe National Facial Protection Month.

May 8, 2017  |  At town hall meeting, the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical Center receive feedback from West Baltimore residents.

April 27, 2017  |  UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD joined community leaders for a forum at The Baltimore Sun on the problems facing the working poor.

April 25, 2017  |  Rain or shine, West Baltimore residents turn out for day of fun activities.

March 13, 2017   |  A powerhouse panel helped the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing their experiences on March 9 in Westminster Hall.

March 10, 2017  |  A powerhouse panel helped the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing their experiences on March 9 in Westminster Hall.

February 2, 2017  |  Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, addresses the civil rights challenges of 2017 at UMB's Black History Month celebration.

January 23, 2017  |  Nonviolent active bystander workshop encourages people to become active bystanders by coming to the aid of someone being verbally abused or harassed.

August 8, 2016   |  Mikeia Jones has found a job she loves, thanks to Project SEARCH.

July 26, 2016   |  Students in Franklin Square’s summer program learn from experts in health care, science, and law at UMB.

May 31, 2016   |  Jamesha Perkins nurses great hopes for the future, thanks to YouthWorks.

UMB/UMMC Community Engagement Strategic Plan

Visit the UM Partnership With West Baltimore and download the UMB/UMMC Community Engagement Strategic Plan.