At its core, BTU is about engagement with the people and communities we serve.

Towson University faculty, students, and staff are working with partners on a wide range of impactful projects, programs, and initiatives. But, there are always new opportunities for collaboration between TU's colleges, divisions, and our community partners.

BTU Forum: COVID-19 Responsive Community Engaged Research



BTU Forum: COVID-19 Responsive Community Engaged Research

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, TU’s community of scholars and practitioners reconsidered community engagement approaches and reallocated resources to focus on COVID-19 responsiveness and student employment. This forum highlights lessons learned and celebrates faculty research projects related to the pandemic and community engagement.

Featured project presentations

COVID messaging on social media
Faculty/staff lead: Sushma Kumble
Student researcher: Mariah Davis-Bullock and Margaret Whitescarver

This study examines Twitter conversations around conspiracy theories and uses social network and content analysis to understand the virality of conspiracy messages and practical implications that health agencies can take to mitigate some of the negative effects.

Empowering Communities Project
Faculty/staff lead: Donn Worgs and Amina Sillah
Student researcher: Jordyn Lewis, Luna Thomas, Kirsten Whiting and Brooklyn Todd

The Empowering Communities Project conducted a survey to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on area organizations. Research outcomes will help guide ECP's work with its current and future cohorts to better address these needs.

Linking COVID-19 Business Operations to State Press Releases: An analysis using Machine Learning
Faculty/staff lead: Stella Tomasi
Student researcher: Allison Rybalnik

This study focused on how various companies around the country reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide details on company operations to employees and customers. In addition, the study reviews how state response to social distancing played a role in these messages.

Hostile Terrain 94
Faculty/staff lead: Joyce Garczynski
Student researcher: Sydney Avelino

This project has involved hiring a student to research how TU could implement a physical exhibition in a virtual environment, which documents over 3,000 migrant deaths through the display of toe tags on a nine-foot map of the Mexican border. 

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Lunch & Learns

Tapping into BTU, expanding engaged work, and learning best practices from colleagues who are successfully doing the work.

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Partner Stories

Bringing community partners to campus to share stories about their current work, discuss needs, brainstorm solutions, and discover opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration.

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BTU Partnerships Showcase

Highlighting the impactful work happening in partnership with nonprofits, schools, healthcare organizations, government, and businesses to explore and expand partnerships.

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