20/20 Baltimore originally grew out of a common concern that most Loyola students do not feel like Baltimore is their residency or home even though they have lived in the city for four years. To help address this dilemma, we decided to create a speaker series called “20/20 Baltimore: Look Beyond Your Campus. See Your City. Find Your Home.” The aim is to have a monthly speaker panel to discuss a specific topic that helps Loyola students to learn about Baltimore City, especially as it relates to social justice issues facing the city and the members of the community that are positively working to make a difference.
20/20 can have an empowering effect if we all work together as student leaders to raise issues near and dear to our hearts through the lens of our city. Each event will be run by a student organization and will focus on their groups mission through the experiences and individuals of those committed to this mission within Baltimore city. For example, a past event run by CCSJ focusing on Housing and Homelessness featured panel speakers including professionals in policy, advocacy and the non-profit sector from Health Care for the Homeless, Word on the Street and Habitat for Humanity in Sandtown.
This event is for you, as student leaders and organizations, to unite around a collective goal of educating our campus on the city in which we live. The lens of Baltimore is wide and vast and I encourage you to think about how it can be used to present a topic your group is already working towards or seeking to present to the greater Loyola community.