Celebration honors those tackling real-world challenges in the community

2023 BTU Partnership Awards celebrate projects empowering women, eliminating waste, teaching STEM

By JAMIE ABELL on November 19, 2023

Each year, the Office of Partnerships and Outreach celebrates partnerships central to TU’s identity as a community-engaged institution. The BTU initiative supports partnerships within the Baltimore region and across Maryland, elevating the work that faculty, staff and students are doing to better address needs in the community. This year, on Nov. 8, BTU honored three new partnerships, which were selected based on their impact, outcome assessment and how they exemplify best practices and problem solving to address community needs. Those three projects are  MentHER, College of Education Robotics Program and Campus Move Out Sustainability Program.

“I’m so excited to welcome everyone here tonight as we celebrate the exemplary partnerships that embody the spirit of TU,” said Kathleen Crostic, executive director for the Office of Partnerships and Outreach, during her welcome remarks. “Today, I hope you feel inspired to build relationships—like these wonderful people we’re honoring tonight have done—because we know they’re integral in partnerships and making positive impacts in our community.”

Since its beginning, BTU has grown to encompass over 525 partnerships with local businesses and organizations. Since 2018, the BTU Partnership Awards have brought the community together to honor three outstanding projects each year.

“We value the knowledge that our faculty, staff and students bring to these partnerships, but we equally, if not more-so, value and appreciate the expertise that our community partners bring to the table,” said TU President Mark Ginsberg in his opening remarks. “It is all of you that are addressing the community needs while also creating transformative experiences for our students that I want to sincerely thank. Our community engagement is what drives TU.”

Scroll through the photos below to see moments from the 2023 BTU Partnership Award celebration.