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Our Initiatives

Colorful rowhomes in front of a clear blue sky; Teacher helping a young student with her work

The Center is supporting the following collaborative initiatives:

The Baltimore Story: Teaching Racial Justice, Teaching Local History

Alum, affiliate faculty, & BCPSS teacher, RaShawna Sydnor collaborated with Stephanie Flores-Koulish to be awarded a $30,000, 3-year McCarthy/Dressman teacher grant to build an anti-racist multi-media curriculum for Baltimore City teachers centered on teaching students local critical history from a counter-narrative perspective. The content, housed in the Loyola-created website, The Baltimore Story, will continue to be developed by Loyola Writing faculty, BCPSS teachers, and other partners.

Esperanza Center Youth Program

With the help of Kolvenbach Grant funding, associate professor of Loyola's School Counseling program, Dr. Qi Shi has developed a mutually beneficial community partnership between her graduate students and immigrant students who need English language services in the Baltimore area. The team is providing their services to the youth participants at the Esperanza Center, a comprehensive resource center whose mission is to welcome immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives.

LEAD Model

In an example of interdisciplinary engaged scholarship, two Loyola faculty members, Lisa Schoenbrodt, a professor in the speech-language pathology program and Leah Saal, co-director and associate professor of literacy education, created the LEAD Model in 2016 to support individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) to serve as leaders and Self-Advocate Educators/Trainers. Each training consists of both content delivery (existing or created) and scenario-based application of content in either face-to-face or online environments.

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