The University of Baltimore is part of the city. Since the University's founding in 1925, Baltimore has been our home. Historically, our mission has addressed a crucial need: We ensure that people everywhere, from the city and around the world, can meet their fullest potential—in their careers, in their contributions to society, and in their deepest passions for life.
To put it simply: UBalt is involved. And in 2017, it is important to understand that our involvement extends to the challenges faced by the city.
"Baltimore is our home," says UBalt President Kurt L. Schmoke. "The University of Baltimore has been an integral part of the life of the city for nearly 100 years. Today, we see serious issues in our communities—some are economic in nature, some are cultural, some are systemic and deeply rooted. While Baltimore has its share of problems, we also have many great solutions. That's where UBalt comes in—our students, faculty, staff and alumni are working hard to strengthen this proud, historic city. From public service to law, from small business to the arts, from the humanities to the hard sciences, UBalt people are making Baltimore better. We embrace this role, and we look forward to continuing in the years ahead."
checking the city's vital signs
The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance—part of UBalt's Jacob France Institute—produces an annual city-wide "check up" called Vital Signs. This data-driven report provides citizens with all kinds of information—it's the perfect starting point for improving neighborhoods, focusing resources, and addressing issues. Learn more.
helping people navigate the legal system
UBalt and the Baltimore City District Court are conducting a pilot project to provide unrepresented people with "court navigators." Court navigators are undergraduate, graduate and law students who are trained to help the unrepresented get through the steps of the court process—specifically, landlord/tenant disputes. Learn more.
addressing the root causes of truancy
The Center for Families, Children and the Court's Truancy Court Program is an innovative, early intervention and holistic approach to truant behavior that addresses the root causes of truancy. The program, strictly voluntary on the part of students and their families, gathers together the right people to help determine why a young person is consistently missing school. Learn more.
Supporting entrepreneurs and local business
UBalt has taken an aggressive stance in boosting the fortunes of local entrepreneurs. Our academic programming in entrepreneurship, along with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and our specially-selected Entrepreneurial Fellows, all work in support of entrepreneurial learning among students, alumni and faculty. The result? New companies. New jobs. New growth. More opportunities! Learn more.
stemming the toll of drugs and violence
UBalt's Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement brings together policy experts, advocates and scholars dedicated to scientific research and best practices for stopping the proliferation of drugs and violence in our communities. Learn more.
Here's a sampling of UBalt's contributions to the life of the city:
- Community Development Fellowship Program
- School of Health and Human Services and Its Human Services Administration Programs
- Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement
- School of Criminal Justice and Its Trauma-Informed Certificate
- School of Public and International Affairs and Its Various Programs in Public Administration and Government and International Affairs
- Schaefer Center for Public Policy
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Various Specializations within the Baltimore MBA
- Real Estate and Economic Development
- Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program
- Jacob France Institute
- Law Clinics and the Clinical Law Program
- Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence
- Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law
- Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts and Its Truancy Court Program
Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences
- Klein Fellowship in Creative Writing and Social Justice
- Various Programs in Psychology and the Certificate in Professional Counseling Services
- Legal Studies
- Environmental Sustainability and the Jones Falls Project
- Klein Family School of Communications Design and Its Literary Journals