The Morgan State University community is standing up to create solutions for the Baltimore community. The school's president, David Wilson, is establishing a task force that will include students, faculty and administrators.
The group of 27 leaders will come up with a plan of action to “alleviate systematic urban challenges such as education, poverty, public safety, public health, unemployment and more” in Baltimore.
Dr. Maurice Taylor, Morgan State University’s vice president of Academic Outreach and Engagement, will chair the initiative. These change makers will present their plan at the end of this academic school year.
“The city of Baltimore can no longer afford to take a Band-Aid approach to the acute problems that have plagued citizens for decades and that prevent the city from growing and thriving,” says Dr. Wilson, president of Morgan State.
Wilson says the call to action comes after the city of Baltimore has seen a surge in murders and the protests that came following the killing of Freddie Gray while in police custody. In July, there were 45 homicides, according to the Baltimore Sun. In June, there were 29 people killed. In May, there were 42 homicides.
“Through this task force, Morgan will work with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s OneBaltimore Initiative to bring some of the best and brightest minds to bear on the search for solutions. What we do is going to be vital to the future of our community,” said Wilson.
Some of the main goals were to expand access to educational opportunities, to improve public services work with other institutions and community organizations to address issues such as urban planning, financial literacy and food and nutrition.
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