Throughout the winter and spring of 2010, Loyola University Maryland engaged in “Loyola is Listening,” an initiative designed to uncover the strengths and challenges affecting the York Road neighborhoods just east of Loyola’s Evergreen campus in north Baltimore.
The listening sessions paired Govans residents and business owners with teams of Loyola faculty, administrators, staff, and students trained to ask an extensive series of questions about what the residents enjoy about their neighborhood and what they would like to change, the services and amenities they would like to add, and their perspectives on Loyola and its role in the community. The University worked with area churches, businesses, and community groups to recruit participants for the session.
“Working with our neighbors to improve the health and stability of the York Road corridor is a critical component of our current strategic plan,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J, Loyola’s president. “'Loyola is Listening’ is the first step in our efforts to discover the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the community, as well as the best ways for Loyola to play a positive role in the neighborhood’s future.”
“Loyola is Listening” was developed in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Among these programs are “listening projects,” community organizing tools that allow residents and other interested parties to gain a better understanding of a neighborhood’s assets and needs.
Please see Findings to learn more about the survey methods and information collected during the listening sessions.
"Loyola is Listening" is a project of the York Road community engagement initiative of Loyola University Maryland's 2008-13 stategic plan. Please visit our York Road Initiative website or see our strategic plan for more information.