This week UMBC alumni across the county are opening their mailboxes to find the latest issue of UMBC Magazine. Featured in that magazine is a new interview with SGA President Kaylesh Ramu ’13, political science, and David Hoffman, assistant director of student life for civic agency, on BreakingGround’s origins, goals and future.
I meet with Kaylesh and David all the time to discuss the ins-and-outs of BreakingGround — what we should post on the blog, how we can reach out to different communities across campus — and, let’s face it, to drink lots of coffee. But it was such a pleasure to sit down with them and have a truly open-ended conversation about what BreakingGround means and how they envision its transformative potential becoming a reality. Here’s a short (but revealing) excerpt from the piece.
How has BreakingGround resonated with the UMBC community?
Hoffman: Part of what has amazed me about this process is how intuitive it is for so many people at UMBC. When the provost talks about UMBC as a scholarly community, I think this is what he’s talking about—a community of human beings who want to make a difference together finding ways to apply their intellects and their talents and their passions to contribute to the common good.
Ramu: I’ve seen students do amazing things here and that gives me the sense of confidence that public service is not really about your age, it’s about your determination.