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Hopkins’ Alicia Wilson: Institutions without diversity fail to thrive

“We have a number of students who are from Baltimore, who live in Baltimore,” she said. “We didn’t want to leave them out as individuals who could partner with the communities that they grew up in," says Johns Hopkins University vice president for economic development Alicia Wilson. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Attorney and Baltimore native Alicia Wilson, a senior vice president for economic development at Johns Hopkins, leads efforts to drive investment from the city’s largest employer to initiatives benefiting surrounding communities. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Wilson already played a ...

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Passion in Action: Gayle the Greek

Gayle (Submitted photo)

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece.” ~ Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1821 when Hellas (Greece) declared its independence from 400 years of slavery by the Ottoman Turks. Gayle ...

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5 Women Who Influenced Me: Chalarra A. Sessoms

Chalarra A. Sessoms

The five women that have influenced, supported and loved me are Elnora, Linda, La’Kenya, Temeko and Alexandra. These women have poured into me traits that laid the foundation for me to become a kind person, a dedicated servant leader, an advocate, a Christian woman, a wife for 20 years and a seeker of knowledge. Thank you for giving me the significant titles of granddaughter, daughter, sister and aunt.

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WATCH ME: Brittany Young makes a difference in her community

Brittany Young is (Submitted photo)

I am Brittany Young, a Baltimore native. I have programmed nuclear plants, developed medical devices, planned satellite explorations, developed food products, been an educator, and college faculty but I find the most satisfaction in problem-solving and service to the community.

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Montgomery County to invest $2M in tenant assistance

Housing advocates say that providing tenants with a right to legal counsel would ultimately pay off by reducing the social costs that come from eviction. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Montgomery County has launched a $2 million dollar initiative to assist renters facing eviction due to the economic downturn precipitated by COVID-19. Earlier this month, the county began accepting applications for the Short Term COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program which will ...

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‘They can’t even see our faces’

GBMC registered nurse Avery Wrigley, whose account of what’s it like to care for COVID-19 patients was published on the hospital’s website. (Courtesy GBMC)

Eighty days. It’s been 80 days since my unit became the COVID-19 floor. I remember dating my PPE bag 3/25 as my boss was making the announcement that we were going to only have COVID patients. We had to wear ...

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New rules faced by reeling campuses

(The Daily Record file)

Maryland universities, struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, find themselves up against a deadline for implementing new federal policies on sexual misconduct, with some administrators saying the rules are confusing and potentially burdensome and that they may discourage victims from coming ...

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On the menu: Economic disarray

Brian Boston (center) with employees of The Milton Inn. (photo submitted by Brian Boston)

Shortly after the March 16 lockdown in Maryland, Brian Boston began takeout service at his fine dining restaurant in Sparks. Thanks to loyal customers who frequented the establishment, the restaurant broke even. But by week two, Boston was losing $1,000 ...

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Md. educators grappling with how to reopen campuses

7-28-16 BALTIMORE, MD- Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC seen here on Capmus for a Q+A and story about the 50th anniversary of the University. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

University administrators across Maryland are grappling with what college life will look like for students this fall as they juggle how to limit class sizes and residence halls to prevent COVID-19 spread. The University System of Maryland, which oversees 12 ...

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