Spring 2024 TMA Regional Civic Engagement Summit – Student Poster Session

Photographs courtesy of TMA.
Photographs courtesy of TMA.

(Towson, MD) -- On Saturday, April 6, 2024, Transform Mid-Atlantic convened a Spring 2024 TMA Regional Civic Engagement Summit, generously hosted by Towson University. Over 85 individuals representing 12 campuses and other organizations and partner groups participated in the day of recognition, networking, and workshops focused on various forms of civic engagement in the region.

Students from participating colleges and universities were invited to present their independent research focused on the summit's themes during a student poster session. Two groups of students from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern were selected to participate. Their research posters and additional information are included below. You can also learn more about their work and the inspiring work of the Center for Social Concern by visiting their website. Questions about their research should be directed to the Center at volunteer@jhu.edu.

Service Empowering Equitable Engagement: ARC's Impact on Campus Inclusivity and Community Relationships

Courtesy of Aria Heidsiek and Het Patel of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern

Presenters: Aria Heidsiek and Het Patel

Institution: Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern

Abstract: The Allocations & Recognition Commission (ARC) operating under the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins University, is a student-led board dedicated to fostering more equitable and engaging relationships between the university's undergraduate community service organizations and the Baltimore communities. Johns Hopkins has a complex history with the Baltimore community, marked by past decisions that prioritized university interests over community well-being, straining relations. ARC aims to empower student organizations with methods for meaningful engagement while respecting the city's history. We facilitate this through various means, including the Recommendations Workshop, and incentivizing budgets to ensure impactful messaging. Moreover, we challenge organizations to go beyond mere service provision, emphasizing building mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. Through initiatives like supplemental grants, mandatory meetings with student leaders, and more, ARC promotes community building, personal reflection, and relationship strengthening with Baltimore, ultimately fostering a positive and respectful interaction between Hopkins students and the city.

Suggested Citation: Heidsiek, A. & Patel, H. (2024, April 6). Service empowering equitable engagement: ARC's Impact on campus inclusivity and community relationships [Summit poster session]. Spring 2024 Transform Mid-Atlantic Regional Civic Engagement Summit, Towson, MD, United States.

Prioritizing Asset-Mapping and Critical Self-Reflection to Responsibly Engage with Community Partners as a Student in Baltimore City

Courtesy of Aamilah Chowdhury, Ikshu Pandey, and Samantha Sarlin of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern

Authors: Aamilah Chowdhury, Ikshu Pandey, and Samantha Sarlin

Institution: Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern

Abstract: Baltimore First is a direct service program at Johns Hopkins University that connects ~65 students with service partners –Earl’s Place, Baltimore Greenspace, Paul’s Place, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, and Corner Team–, providing accessible volunteer opportunities within Baltimore City. Through supplemental orientations and reflection sessions, we also teach methods of engaging with community members and contextualize Baltimore's history. JHU’s profound impact on Baltimore spans from economic contributions to contentious urban development and policing initiatives, with programs including the East Baltimore Development Initiative displacing community members, impacting trust, and highlighting the complex relationship between ambition for improvement and community-centered efforts. Our work has highlighted 4 recommendations on how to engage ethically and equitably with Baltimore communities, especially as a JHU student: 1) adopt an asset-based mindset, focusing on servant leadership and community strengths, 2) practice critical self-reflection, 3) recognize and challenge power imbalances, and 4) accept multiple perspectives, since many realities coincide.

Suggested Citation: Pandey, I., Chowdhury, A., & Sarlin, S. (2024, April 6). Prioritizing asset-mapping and critical self-reflection to responsibly engage with community partners as a student in Baltimore City [Summit poster session]. Spring 2024 Transform Mid-Atlantic Regional Civic Engagement Summit, Towson, MD, United States.