Economic Development Team

(formerly known as Community Action Map Team)

   The Economic Development team’s challenge was confronting the stigma and lack of accurate information about UMB’s neighboring communities.  To better inform students of the opportunities that lie west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, this relatively small project team launched an interactive electronic map on August 26, 2013.  Now, the the CAM team is advertising and expanding the map. They have also launched two food tours in the Hollins Market and Pigtown areas to encourage students to visit these local businesses.

Purpose:  to facilitate the engagement of socially conscious students to Southwest Baltimore communities by creating an interactive map of local businesses, organizations and points of interest.

Status:  Maintenance.  The team launched the map on August 26, 2013, and is now in the process of evaluating and improving the map. The team is also evaluating the feedback received after the two food tours and will use it for future engagement with students and the SW Baltimore community.

Current Members:

  • Elizabeth Weber, chair

CUPs Development:

     CAN is committed to working with existing community organizations as partners in advancing social change.  The CUPs Development team formed to support the local non-profit coffeehouse and its workforce development programming for at-risk youth.  Students work with the executive director and members of the board to plan and implement non-profit fundraising strategies that include events, campaigns, crowd funding and more.

Purpose:  To support a local social enterprise by developing resources for a socially responsible and economically sustainable organization

Status:  The group is planning the second annual Coffee and a Cause fundraiser to be held on December 6, 2014 at the SMC Campus Center from 10AM to 2PM.

Current Members:

  • Polly Reinicker, chair
  • Megan Thomas

The neighborhoods have organized collectively as “The Southwest Partnership”

Neighborhood Survey

     A critical component of CAN’s organizing process is addressing community issues that have been identified by the community.  In order to formulate a “menu” for potential future projects, one team from CAN maintains contact with community leaders and organizations to understand where and when they’re looking for help.  This information will act as a guide for future action, and help build a trustful relationship between partners.

Purpose:  To establish an appropriate priority guide for CAN projects and programming by identifying community priorities and needs reported by community leaders and neighborhood organizations

Status:  The team has received a grant through UMB’s CCBEL to implement a community based participatory research project in collaboration with the Southwest Parternship. The project will be carried out during the 2014-2015 school year.

Current Members:

  • Megan Thomas, chair
  • Polly Reinicker
  • Elizabeth Weber

Interdisciplinary Team

One of CAN’s goals for the 2014-2015 school year is to continue to partner with other student organizations and students from all 7 schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Last year, CAN members participated in events sponsored by the School of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy. CAN also partnered with the School of Pharmacy to participate in a national competition regarding medication adherence, entitled Script your Future.

Purpose: To collaborate with students from all seven schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore to carry out community based projects and engage in interdisicplinary education and communication.

Status: This team is seeking new leadership to begin to reach out to and partner with student organizations from other schools for the 2014-2015 school year.


Executive Board

     CAN executive board works to ensure that all of the project teams have access to the resources and tools they need to be successful.  It procures, coordinates, and tracks resources that are used by the project teams.  This team also manages CAN’s overall finances and organizational strategy.

Status:  The new executive board was elected in spring 2014. The executive board currently consists of a student government representative, a treasurer, and a secretary. We are still looking to fulfill a recruitment chair position. This team presents an excellent opportunity for students to take leadership roles–particularly foundation students!

Current Members:

  • Polly Reinicker
  • Elizabeth Weber
  • Megan Thomas


     The recruitment team attracts students, staff, faculty, community members and partner organizations to participate in CAN activities.

Status:  Recruitment efforts were made at events and open houses in Spring 2014, and CAN will be represented at open houses and welcome activities in the summer and fall of 2014.

Current Members:

  • Polly Reinicker, current chair

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