Michele Wolff is director of UMBC’s Shriver Center.
UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and other campus representatives will participate this week in an event at Montgomery College marking the formal launch of the Maryland-District of Columbia Campus Compact (MDCCC). MDCCC is a consortium of 30 higher education institutions committed to collaboratively addressing local and global community issues through student service, civic engagement, academically based service-learning, and campus-community partnerships. The MDCCC Launch event on Friday, October 26th celebrates the expansion of this higher education network to include colleges and universities in Washington, DC. MDCCC is part of a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents representing some 6 million students.
UMBC is an active member of MDCCC and has benefitted from the connections and resources this statewide network offers. UMBC’s MDCCC AmeriCorps*VISTA member Faiza Haq, a UMBC alumna, is focused on strengthening UMBC’s partnership with the Arbutus community by empowering students, parents and teachers of Arbutus Middle School to identify and address needs within their own community through workshops and an after school program. An emerging partnership developed through this relationship is with Southwest Emergency Services (SWES), a community center providing food, clothing and other resources to the Arbutus community. Together, UMBC students, Arbutus Middle School students and community members are collaborating with SWES to support our local community.
Additionally, MDCCC, UMBC, other member institutions, and Baltimore Collegetown Network will co-sponsor the 6th Annual Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference at UMBC in April 2013. This year’s conference, “Getting Real about Civic Engagement,” will engage attendees in an exploration of the ideals and values that serve as the foundation of UMBC’s BreakingGround initiative, including personal and civic agency, learning and development, diversity and strong community connections. As UMBC Provost Philip Rous has observed, “we are all here because we want to make a difference, and we do.” I look forward to sharing more information in the coming months about how members of the UMBC community can participate in the conference.
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