Towson University has long emphasized its responsibility to the community through its mission, its strategic plan, and the work of its students, faculty, and staff. In the aftermath of the unrest in Baltimore, these university-community partnerships are more important than ever.

Recently, the Governor’s Office and the University System of Maryland requested information from universities in the greater Baltimore area about how they are working in Baltimore City. Luckily for Towson, we are in the midst of collecting information about our university-community partnerships through a new support system that was approved by the Vice Presidents in the spring. You can read more about the system here.

Since we were already gathering information about faculty- and staff-led partnerships, we were able to quickly respond to this request by providing information about which partnerships are doing work in Baltimore City and who the partners are. This information will help the Governor’s Office and the USM see what programs are already in place to help the city rebound, where there are gaps, and where there are opportunities for growth.

This is just one way that the Towson University-Community Relationships and Partnerships Support System will improve partnerships at TU. This new system will help us to be more responsive to future requests for current information. It will provide partnership support across campus so that we can extend our reach and our impact on the community.