Who We Are

Our Vision
West Baltimore neighborhoods are safe, vibrant, and inclusive communities that promote the happiness, health, and wealth of all.

Our Mission
To leverage UMB’s economic resources and human capital to engage with the community through direct service and systemic change to improve quality of life in West Baltimore and beyond. 

Bill Joyner, JD, MSW

Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement and Partnerships
410-706-7823 | wjoyner@umaryland.edu

Bill Joyner, JD, MSW, became the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) assistant vice president for community engagement in August 2022, tasked with leading the University’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Before assuming that role, he was UMB’s director of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Prior to that, he served as equity officer for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), senior economic inclusion specialist and community engagement coordinator for OCE, and an admissions specialist at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Joyner received his JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and his MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In his former role at OCE, Joyner designed and led UMB’s local purchasing initiatives, resulting in an increase in spending with local minority- and woman-owned business in Baltimore from 0.1 percent to more than 15 percent in three years. The program exceeded its initial goals by more than 200 percent ahead of schedule and under budget, and still exists today as an excellent example of UMB's commitment as an anchor organization.

At BPD, he led a coalition of stakeholders to develop the first-ever Strategic Framework to Advance Equity for the department. That work led to the federal government awarding $1.3 million to scale and sustain the community collaboration and neighborhood policing activities they piloted.

Joyner won a 2020 UMB Diversity Recognition Award for outstanding staff member and was named a UMB Champion of Excellence in 2015. He was a nominee in 2020 for the Outstanding Contribution to an Institution by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Awards. In 2022, he was named Field Instructor of the Year at the Coppin State University School of Social Work.

Joyner is a member of the Baltimore Commission on Sustainability and the GLSEN Maryland Board of Directors. He and his husband, Adam, live near UMB’s campus in the Union Square neighborhood. 

Camille Givens-Patterson

Community Partnership Specialist
410-706-2281 | camille.gpatterson@umaryland.edu

‌Camille Givens-Patterson came to the Office of Community Engagement with a history of human resources and workforce development experience. A native of Leavenworth, Kan., she graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is pursuing a master’s degree at Towson University.

She has a keen interest in youth development and has operated the campus YouthWorks summer employment program since 2011. Givens-Patterson works to deepen the campus’ K-12 partnerships in West Baltimore communities.

Jermaine Glover

Program Support Assistant, Community Engagement Center
410-706-5620 | jermaine.glover@umaryland.edu

  

Danielle Harris, LCSW-C

Associate Director, Community Engagement Center
410-706-1974 I danielle.harris@umaryland.edu

    

    

Cori Leyden-Sussler

Makerspace Program Specialist, Community Engagement Center
410-706-5211 I lcori@umaryland.edu

    

    

Liv Myers

Program Coordinator, Community Engagement Center
410-706-5620 | omyers@umaryland.edu

  

Sarah Porter, LMSW

Program Manager, Community Engagement Center
410-706-2311 I sarahturner@umaryland.edu

    

Lisa Rawlings, MBA

Director, Workforce Development and Job Readiness
410-706-1931 | lrawlings@umaryland.edu

Lisa ‌Rawlings is a Baltimore native who has worked in higher education for more than a dozen years.

Rawlings’ work in community engagement started with her experience in launching a number of community college-university collaborations. She directed the University of Maryland BioPark’s BioWorkforce Initiatives (BWI), a series of collaborations between the University of Maryland and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to address the shortage of life science professionals. BWI was funded with a generous $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and supported students at BCCC’s Life Science Institute located at the BioPark pay for college, get jobs, and transfer to bachelor’s degree programs. 

Most recently, she served as associate director of the Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning. In this role, she supported University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students who were engaged in our local community.

In 2006, Rawlings launched the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, an innovative partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and Prince George’s Community College. This award-winning program, which has since expanded to include Montgomery College, provides scholarships and mentoring for entrepreneurially minded community college students of any major transferring to the University of Maryland. She continues to serve on the Hillman Entrepreneurs Advisory Committee.

Prior to this position, Ms. Rawlings worked at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, where she did financial/policy analysis and research. At the Robert H. Smith School, where she pursued a PhD degree, Rawlings taught introductory and advanced finance courses. She was nominated for the 2001 Parents' Association Teaching Award. Before her return to academia, Rawlings was a financial manager for Procter & Gamble for eight years.

Rawlings received a BSE in Systems Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan, where she was a Consortium for the Graduate Study of Management fellow. In 2013, Rawlings was a Marano Fellow in the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative Sector Skills Academy.

Tyrone Roper, MSW

Director, Community Engagement Center
410-706-8261 | troper@umaryland.edu

Tyrone “Ty” Roper, MSW is a seasoned professional, leader, speaker, and director of UMBs Community Engagement Center (CEC). Ty joined University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2019. Prior to joining UMB, he worked in local municipal government as chief of staff for the Office of Criminal Justice and also within a quasi-governmental behavioral health agency as director of special populations. He holds a wealth of knowledge and experience in Maryland’s criminal justice and public behavioral health systems. Ty has a deep interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion and is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council as well as a member the Anti-Racism Action Committee.   

Ty, originally from Denver, Colorado and has called Baltimore home for more than 22 years now. He has two phenomenal children a daughter who is a doctor of veterinary medicine, and a son who is a sailor in the US Navy. As the CEC director, Ty is focused on building off of the framework he has created in partnership with his team, neighbors, and others to make the CEC successful.

Brian Sturdivant, MSW

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships
410-706-1678 | bsturdivant@umaryland.edu

‌‌‌Born and raised in Baltimore, Brian Sturdivant graduated from Towson University in 1990 and holds an MSW degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a concentration in management and community organization and specialization in community development.

Sturdivant has more than 15 years in university/community partnership experience and is responsible for coordinating civic engagement of UMB’s campus community through volunteer and service-learning initiatives to meet the needs of local communities. 

Adrienne Witherspoon

Office Manager
410-706-8260 | awitherspoon@umaryland.edu

Adrienne Witherspoon coordinates all of the administrative functions of the Office of Community Engagement including payments, scheduling, and space management. She also supervises student administrative staff in the Community Engagement Center.