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COOKIES & PRIVACY
Community-based programming and engagement activities fuel economic and cultural leadership and help us prepare students to lead in twenty-first century industries.
Community-focused programs and initiatives drive the entrepreneurial energies of our students, faculty, staff and alumni and have a direct and positive impact on communities in our region and the state of Maryland.
Support drives a wide range of initiatives including BTU Partnerships for Greater Baltimore, the StarTUp Accelerator, cultural programming, literacy, community wellbeing, entrepreneurship programming and leadership development programs.
Asian Arts and Culture Center
As the Asian Arts and Culture Center turns 50, supporting and amplifying Asian American and Pacific Islander voices is more important than ever. Supporting community-based programs and exhibitions, such as the Asia North Festival, battles xenophobia and contributes to civic health on campus and beyond.
The Towson University–Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Model UN program provides civic engagement learning experiences for students in Baltimore County Public Schools and provides TU students with hands-on opportunities to mentor high school students. The programming increases college access, civic readiness and provides TU students an opportunity to be active participants in the Greater Baltimore community.
CLA Faculty Community-based programs
Through course offerings and operational programming, students will engage in social justice and community service work across the region, including programs like Forensic Anthropology Field Work and the Inside Out Prison Exchange program. Providing support for supplies, stipends, equipment, transportation and lodging ensures this real world learning continues.
Literacy Center and Reading Clinic
Help bring reading confidence and literacy to those who want to learn and enjoy the gift of reading. The TU Reading Clinic helps families and participants of any age, develop literacy skills for learning, comprehension and reading enjoyment. Our team includes experienced classroom teachers in the final stages of the graduate reading education program who share a passion for literacy instruction.
Serving Children with Autism (and the Teachers who serve them)
Help elevate the Teacher as Leader in the ASD M.Ed. program. As a leader in autism study and training, the TU Training and Immersion Classroom offers effective early intervention for young children with social communication impairments through the Baltimore County Infant and Toddler Program. This hands-on learning creates immersion training opportunities for Towson University pre-service students as well as in-service educators in Baltimore County.
Serving English Language Learners
You can enhance the opportunity for teachers to work with the growing population of English learners in today’s classrooms. Through research, innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and professional development using advanced technology, your support offers both teachers and English learners the opportunity to succeed.
Creativity Incubator Gallery/Performance and Event Space
Offering cultural events, in a dedicated space, brings the community together to explore topics like literature and diversity. Author talks springboard into larger global issues and spark transformation in our communities. A larger and more flexible space will bring students and community together, to explore meaningful topics.
Institute for Well-being
The Institute offers students and faculty specialized involvement in active practice settings and offers community participants the benefits of team-based care. Based on clinical education and best practices, it offers students unique opportunities to work across professions to manage and provide outreach services. Housed in the Institute are the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, Hearing and Balance Center, Speech Language Center, Occupational Therapy Center and Interprofessional Practice Programs including: WISH (Wellness in Stroke and Head Injury), Children’s Therapeutic Program, Work Skills, CAPS (College Autism Peer Support) and the Memory Café – Dementia Support Group.
Capacity Building for Minority-Led Nonprofits
Supporting the work of nonprofits is crucial in addressing the needs of our neighboring communities, the economic impact on Maryland, and the academic and professional success of our students. BTU is launching a new grassroots nonprofit incubator which includes coaching and leadership development support, a research and referral library, collaborative research opportunities, and a workshop and technical assistance series.
BTU Student Corp
Serving the public good through community-engaged research and internship experiences, donor support will take this work to the next level offering increased opportunities for hundreds of students who work alongside faculty and community partners to address the needs of our community in areas such as education equity, economic recovery, health and family support structures, and capacity-building.
Access to Educational and Co-curricular Experiences for K-12 Students
Since 2019, BTU has supported K-12 youth in arts & culture, college readiness & access, environmental education & sustainability, health, mentoring & leadership development, reading literacy, and STEM. Expanding K-12 education is transformational for students’ growth and by offering transportation to and from campus, meals, hands-on curriculum, and exposing students to a college campus environment, TU enhances the learning experience and invests in Maryland’s future.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Endowed Executive Director and Professor of Practice
Support will ensure this position exists in perpetuity and provides the resources and prestige necessary to recruit and retain an eminent scholar and leader for the Institute. Endowed professors of practice carry a special responsibility to address areas of critical importance, strengthen the discipline and build a network of experts. Ultimately, this position will serve as a resource for the community, industry and other academics, while also raising the profile of Towson University.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Next-Level Leaders Program
Identifying, cultivating and training leaders of the future is central to the work of the Institute. Contributions in support of the Next-Level Leaders Program will ensure the Institute has the necessary resources to support a robust learning experience for individuals from a multitude of industries and sectors.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Professional Leadership Program for Women Endowment
Established in 2015, the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women was designed for women committed to increasing their capacity for leadership and influence. A permanent endowment will support continued expansion and provide much-needed financial assistance for women from organizations challenged to invest in their future leaders.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Institute Impact and Collective Leadership
Offering a robust selection of industry-leading training and signature programs, that build capacity and inspire leaders, is central to the work of the Leadership Institute. Local individuals and organizations, without access to training and leadership resources, will also find support and advanced leadership training through coaches and innovative programs which address evolving/emerging trends and challenges in leadership.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Visiting Scholar/Visiting Executive Endowment
Funding will ensure the Leadership Institute attracts nationally and internationally renowned leadership experts. These scholars will work for the Leadership Institute for up to two years. The goal is to have the first visiting scholar/executive in place by spring 2022.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute: Fellows Program Endowment
Faculty and visiting fellows will build a collaborative team, which might also include graduate and doctoral students in real-world learning environments. Supporting these multi-year appointments will strengthen cross-disciplinary research endeavors and allow fellows to conduct meaningful longitudinal assessments of the program and its outcomes.
This intensive eight-week, cohort-based fellowship provides new ventures with a stipend for residency and collaboration to accelerate their work. Accepted ventures receive a $10,000 equity-free stipend as well as mentorship, founder-centric programming and exposure to successful ventures who are alumni of this model. Selected founders take up residency at the StarTUp at the Armory—TU’s new state-of-the-art, entrepreneurship space in downtown Towson. To expand entrepreneurship at TU, roles within the Accelerator will be added, including Builders in Residence, a team of TU computer science majors who will assist ventures with the launch of their mobile application and/or web site.