In the recently published Making an Impact report, we put a spotlight on Towson University’s expanded role as an economic and workforce engine for our state. In this role, the university acts as a convener, partnering with business, government, education, and nonprofits to heighten the success of our students; support Maryland’s workforce needs; improve the economic competitiveness of our region; and create a better quality of life.
In an article written by Dyan Brasington, vice president, Division of Innovation and Applied Research, she notes that one of the most important roles of the university as an economic developer today is to strategically “link resources within the university community to the greater community.” Among these resources is our ability to serve as a convener, described as an “unbiased venue or forum where the greater community can convene.”
Our Role as a Convener
The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is the primary point of entry and contact for coordinating, managing, and supporting these convening opportunities. As the event manager for the Office of Partnerships and Outreach, my role revolves around finding ways to host critical conversations and dialogues on Towson University’s campus.
The Office of Partnerships and Outreach supports the University as a convener by:
- Building strategic partnerships with business and policy organizations to bring critical conversations to campus
- Providing comprehensive event management services including agenda development, event branding design, website development, logistical support, registration management, and on-site support.
- Partnering with our on-campus colleagues in events and conference services, catering, parking, and more to utilize Towson University’s wonderful event and conference facilities
Last November, we hosted Wes Moore and Jason Botel for a conversation around Baltimore’s pre-K through college pipeline. We discussed how to better support first-generation college students and how to create business-education partnerships in the wake of last spring’s uprisings. Next month, we will welcome the Division of Labor and Industry for their annual Business Outreach Forum. This event brings together policy makers, safety managers, business owners, public safety leaders, workforce development experts, and labor professionals to discuss Maryland compliance, safety, and employment law regulations. These are just two events we’ve most recently supported with many more in the pipeline.
Learn more about what the Office of Partnership and Outreach is doing to support these conversations and how we can partner by checking out our diverse calendar of events.