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Educating the next generation of public service leaders in an engaged setting.

The College of Public Affairs is home to a variety of special programs and initiatives designed to augment the classroom experience and foster civic engagement. Our students connect with neighborhoods and communities in the Baltimore area through experiential learning and community partnerships focused on applied research and urban revitalization. The city is our "built-in” laboratory, abundant with opportunities for our students to put theory into practice and create change right outside our doors. 

Our community engagement initiatives include:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Incentive Grants: attracts current volunteers and alumni who are interested in public service to academic programs in the college

  • Community Development Fellowship Program: places students into paid fellowships with community-based organizations in Baltimore City

  • Second Chance College Program partnership between the University of Baltimore and Jessup Correctional Institution that allows incarcerated individuals to pursue postsecondary education upon release

  • Student Professional Development Fund: provides grants of up to $500 for students to travel to conferences or contribute to the work of professional associations

  • Sustainable Cities Initiative: the College of Public Affairs and the Jacob France Institute in UB's Merrick School of Business are serving as Baltimore's lead university partner to help develop strategies and goals to support the city's sustainable development

  • Voter Education Project: an independent study course aimed at informing, educating and empowering the community about the electoral process.

GAHSSA at Amnesty

With the help of the Student Professional Development Fund, members of the Global Affairs and Human Security Student Association were able to attend Amnesty International's 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, held in Philadelphia.