Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Responding as Faculty to Baltimore unrest and injustice

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April 28, 12:15 pm

Dear Faculty colleagues,

We know you are fielding practical questions from students as our city experiences instances of violence in addition to the peaceful demonstrations and community gathering following the death of Freddie Gray. We also know you—like us—are thinking about your role as faculty and what it means to be at a Jesuit, Catholic institution that calls Baltimore home. 


[...] Another immediate matter is your role as faculty in this moment. We have heard from students throughout the year that they seek guidance from you to understand complex matters unfolding around us. Your knowledge as scholars and citizens is so valuable right now, in the classroom and beyond. Given the end of the semester, an immediate way is to consider joining the various campus events that are in the process of being planned.

Longer term, we are thinking about Loyola’s long and deep commitment to thoughtful dialogue and to deliberate actions that address injustice in our society, including Baltimore. We are committed to supporting your ongoing efforts to work in and with the community, to bring your scholarship and resources to the city, and to bring issues of race and justice into your classroom. However you feel called and equipped, we know that deep inquiry in your field can help our academic community understand the world around us in all its complexity.

For me (Amy), Baltimore is a city I learned to call home very quickly. For all of us, this is a mission moment.


Amy Wolfson, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Jen Lowry, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Marie Kerins, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Affairs

Brian Norman, incoming Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Diversity

[edited to remove time-specific procedural info] 


A selection of faculty responses to Baltimore unrest and injustice (Aug 28-May 2, 2015)

Excerpt from "Inclusive Teaching and College Knowledge," Prof., Rob Helfenbein, plenary at Fall 2015 Teaching Enhancement Workshop, Aug 28, 2015

"Our City" -- Letter to My Undergraduate Students, Prof. Elizabeth Kennedy (Law & Social Responsibility), composed morning of Aug 28, 2015

Baltimore Colleges Ponder How They Can Help Fix a Broken City," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2015 

"After Baltimore Riots," Baltimore Sun, featuring Prof. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Communication), published evening of April 29, 2015

"A Mission Moment" -- Letter to My Students, Prof. Brianne Roos (Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology), composed evening of April 28, 2015 

"If You're Staying Safe, Doesn't That Mean that You're Afraid?" Prof. Jean Lee Cole  (English), composed afternoon of Aug 30, 2015

  •  A solicited follow-up: "Accidental Activist," published in The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies, vol 23 (2015)

"Baltimore Uprisings / #OneBaltimore," Marie McSweeney Anderson (York Road Initiative/Messina mentor), sent afternoon of May 1, 2015

"Thinking about Baltimore: We Are All Affected," campus gathering on the Quad, Friday, May 1, 6:30-8:00 pm, Student-led and organized, in collaboration with various university offices and individual faculty participation.

"#BaltimoreUprising: Freddie Gray and the Future of America," Prof. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Communication), composed morning of May 2, 2015

"Situating Ourselves: The Baltimore Uprising 2015," Prof. Catriona Hanley (Philosophy), opening remarks at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, May 8, 2015