COVID-19 BTU Support Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BTU team is shifting its focus of financial support
to address needs at the intersection of community engagement research and projects
focused on being responsive to impacts of COVID-19 and supporting research-based student
employment for TU students. As always we will do this work in collaboration with our
To adapt to the needs of our internal and external communities, during fall 2020,
BTU support will shift funding focus in order to provide COVID-19 community engagement
Proposed projects must have a community engagement component (involvement and collaboration
with a partner for the support of the greater Baltimore community) and focus on responsiveness
to the pandemic. Some possible areas of research/work include, but are not limited
- Addressing education equity in the K-12 environment
- Supporting the economic recovery of small businesses, specifically minority and women
- Addressing health, family support structures and community needs
- Creating capacity for nonprofits struggling to survive during COVID-19
- Re-examining community engagement, civic engagement and service learning practices
- Creating or modifying community access points to arts and cultural activities
A particular focus for resources will be directed toward mitigating the loss of employment
for TU students with primary funding supporting projects that involve the employment
of TU students as research assistants.
To request resources to support a community engagement project addressing the Covid-19
pandemic, get the conversation started by sending a description of your desired project
and intended outcomes to partnerships AT_TOWSON by Monday, September 21, 2020. Notifications of funding decisions will be made on
Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Faculty and staff who receive support are obligated to report on progress monthly
and author a blog on their work to www.engagetu.com. Students are obligated to write a reflection piece on their experience. View the
recent blog to learn more about how BTU has pivoted during the Covid-19 pandemic and for examples
of recently supported work.
To explore how BTU can support your community engagement work, contact Matthew Durington.