The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will fund scholarships for hundreds of full-time University of Baltimore students who transfer to UB primarily from community colleges, including current or former members of the military. These need-based scholarships, totaling up to $5 million over five years, will help students close the financial gap between their federal Pell Grants and the cost of tuition and fees for their final two years of undergraduate education.
Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State University, will discuss her current book manuscript, Can't Eat a Medal: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow, at the University of Baltimore on Feb. 26.
University of Baltimore School of Law Prof. Gilda Daniels's first book, Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America, is receiving high praise from reviewers. Ms. Magazine calls it "required reading … the definitive book on fighting against voter suppression and the erosion of our democracy." Library Journal says, "[T]his work sounds an alarm for any and all readers interested in reversing the damage and danger of the nondemocratic dynamic threatening truth, justice, and the fight to vote." The book examines voter disenfranchisement through the lenses of history, race, law and the democratic process.
Marcy Dermansky, author of the critically acclaimed novels Very Nice, The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins, will be a guest of the University if Baltimore's Spring Reading Series, hosted by the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts on Feb. 24.
Scott Dorsey, chairman and CEO of Merritt Properties, will discuss the topic of businesses "doing good" for others, as the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business and Dean Murray Dalziel host the next Merrick Engages session on March 5.
Elizabeth Burlington, J.D. '12, has won first place in the Federal Bar Association's 2020 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition. Burlington is currently enrolled in ther Universty of Baltimore's LLM Tax program and is assistant director of UB's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Johanna Fernández, assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York, will discuss her new book, The Young Lords: A Radical History on Feb. 20. Fernández has written the definitive account of the unexpected group of New York radical poor and working-class Puerto Rican youth who emerged in the 1960s. The Young Lords fashioned themselves after the Black Panther Party and confronted race and class inequality and questioned American foreign policy.
Brianna Billups, B.S. '18, will be honored next month with the 2020 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women's Leadership in Business. Billups was part of the University of Baltimore's elite Ratcliffe Entrepreneurship Fellows program, where she founded her business Fully Grown, an organic line of fruit snacks whose profits go to supporting the change in nutritional health of children, families, and communities. She also runs The Garden Project, which is a nonprofit supporting urban agriculture programs in city schools.