UB's Schaefer Center Joins City Officials, Area Media Outlets to Host Series of Town Halls on Issues Facing Baltimore
February 23, 2018
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
With a number of significant issues facing Baltimore—including the effectiveness of K-12 education, a series of setbacks with the local crime rate, concerns about the city's infrastructure, and more—the University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center for Public Policy is joining with city leaders and area media outlets to host "Baltimore: Standing Together," a three-part series of town halls, to encourage public dialogue and increased awareness of potential solutions.
The first "Baltimore: Standing Together" town hall is focused on crime and will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall in UB's H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave. Each session is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. (Details listed below.) For those who can't attend, the meeting will be taped for broadcast by WJZ-TV at 6:30 p.m. that day, and also available via streaming at the website for The Baltimore Sun.
"At a time when people are asking questions about the direction of the city and looking for answers to serious problems that we face," said Ann Cotten, director of the Schaefer Center. "The goal of 'Standing Together' is to show that efforts are underway to address these problems, and also to highlight the various ways that the public is and can be involved in making improvements. No single official, program or initiative can handle everything we face. But when we work on problems together, through shared responsibility and collective know-how, we can bring about positive and lasting change."
For each session, the public may submit questions online for general discussion. City leaders will address these questions as part of each session's conversation.
To attend the first session in this series, register here.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.