Our Programs

Improving Health

Food Market

The CEC offers a variety of weekly fresh food shopping opportunities. On Mondays, shop at our Produce in a SNAP market from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, shoppers can buy quality food at deeply discounted prices at the Wednesday Market at the UMB Community Engagement Center.

Exercise Programs

The CEC offers of a variety of free exercise programs for community members of all ages and abilities. Zumba, yoga, and line dancing are weekly activities hosted by the Community Engagement Center. We hope to see you there!

Harm Reduction

The CEC offers free training for students, faculty and staff, and community members on how to administer the life-saving drug naloxone

Enriching Student and Community Learning

Community Schools

The center hosts select after-school activities shared by students attending UMB-led community schools and serves as a training hub for faculty and staff who run community school partnerships and programs.


Students needing extra learning time and attention are referred to community and University resources such as A Bridge to Academic Excellence, a free STEM tutoring program run by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. 

Mentoring and Career Exploration

Middle school students enrolled in the UMB CURE Scholars Program engage in activities designed to develop their interest in — and jump-start their preparation for — high-wage, high-reward jobs in biomedicine.

Guest Lectures

Regular talks cover topics that residents identify as vital to healthy community development, such as childhood nutrition, social justice and the built environment, ending intimate partner violence, and treating substance abuse and dependency.

Building Community Capacity

Small Business Support

UMB’s faculty and staff offer small business owners advice and support to help clients compete for University spending on products and services.

Legal Advice

Run by the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, the Just Advice clinic offers residents free and low-cost legal services in family law, housing, employment, expungement, insurance, criminal law, civil law, and elder law.

Community Leadership

Workshops prepare emerging neighborhood leaders for success in community organizing and advocacy.

Job Readiness Workshops

Clients receive support in résumé writing, interviewing, and developing the “soft skills” necessary for professional success.

UMB Job Hub

Every Wednesday, staff members of UMB’s Office of Human Resource Services talk to residents on-site about jobs available at UMB and help them apply for open positions.

Strengthening Neighborhoods

Community Lunches

Each month, UMB students and employees host catered lunches for West Baltimore residents, strengthening the social connections between the University and the community.

Networking Nights

Students, faculty, and staff who teach courses or operate programs at the CEC acquaint each other with their projects and find opportunities for collaboration.