One of Towson University’s commitments through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore is to extend accessibility to and increase involvement of community members and partners in supporting partnerships at TU. In addition to serving as the “front door” to current and potential partners, we also want to make sure that community partners are included and aware of events and opportunities that may be of interest to them.
That being said, I am excited to share an opportunity with you. On Monday, November 13, 2017 TU will host a community dialogue about the intersection of race and wealth in Baltimore City and beyond.
Race and the Wealth Divide in Baltimore City: A Community Dialogue
November 13, 2017
Chesapeake 3, University Union, Towson University
The division of race and wealth is problem that has plagued Baltimore since its early years. The divide has been an issue for so long, that it’s built into the city’s infrastructure. A poor public transportation and road system makes it difficult for some residents to get to work, especially those coming from the outer neighborhoods to where the concentration jobs are located. My coworker addressed these issues in a recent blog post.
In Baltimore, African Americans make up 63% of the population. Despite being the overwhelming majority, people of color are three times more likely to be unemployed and only earn half as much income as a white household. There is no denying a correlation between race and wealth in Baltimore.
Attendees will gain perspective on how people of color are progressing in today’s economy from experts Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Director, Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, CFED and Dr. Lawrence Brown, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University.
In an attempt to make this a comfortable space for learning and sharing, the event is limited to 50 participants, so if you are interested in attending, please register as soon as possible. This event is open to community partners and Towson University faculty and staff.