Category: My Activities, Projects and Artwork

Join me this Thursday @MorganSAP to explore Baltimore Penn Station’s Redevelopment + Professional Development opportunities within Baltimore’s Transit-Oriented Milieu! – http://bit.ly/2DvajGO http://bit.ly/2W0JTUD

Join me this Thursday @MorganSAP to explore Baltimore Penn Station’s Redevelopment + Professional Development opportunities within Baltimore’s Transit-Oriented Milieu! – http://bit.ly/2DvajGO http://bit.ly/2W0JTUD

RT @MAPSchat: Morgan Association of Planning Students (MAPS) Professional Development Institute: Transit-Oriented Development @Amtrak Thursday, April 25 6:00 PM http://bit.ly/2GvpGzV @morgansap @MorganStateU

RT @MAPSchat: Morgan Association of Planning Students (MAPS) Professional Development Institute: Transit-Oriented Development @Amtrak Thursday, April 25 6:00 PM http://bit.ly/2GvpGzV @morgansap @MorganStateU

Morgan SA+P Students Win 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge

We got a write-up in Radio Facts


Morgan from the School of Architecture and Planning recently won the 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge case competition sponsored by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. The competitive group from Morgan showcased their distinct vision for urban planning and and was among four teams awarded the coveted honor for their respective plans. Along with Morgan State University, other winning institutions included teams from St. Mary’s College and the University of Maryland College Park.

Sustainable Growth Challenge

Morgan State graduate students (left to right) Justin Fair and April Smith, present their team’s award-winning “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan” before members of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

 

The winning submission from the Morgan SA+P students titled “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan,” delivered a reimagination of one of Baltimore’s most historic communities whose nineteenth century rowhouses spans twenty-four city blocks. Given an in-depth analysis of the neighborhood’s vitality, including comprehensive assessments of its infrastructure, resources, and socio-economic indicators, the Morgan group envisioned a renewed Franklin Square Neighborhood founded on the principles of WEL: Walkable, Equitable, Livable. The plan comprised a multidisciplinary proposal that encompassed urban planning, analyzed economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable growth, and developed creative community solutions.

“We recognize the valuable active learning experience students gain when provided the opportunity to apply course material and instruction in the real-world settings that case study research presents, said Tonya Sanders-Thach, Ph.D., faculty advisor on the project and professor at Morgan’s . “Our team put forth an incredibly astute effort crafting a comprehensive, well-conceived multidisciplinary plan that showcased their design talents, as well as presenting opportunities for them to foster community engagement, promote essential soft skills development and enhance critical thinking.”

The winning SA+P team from Morgan comprised the following Master of City and Regional Planning graduate students: Christy Bernal, Justin Fair, Washina Ford, Kshitiz Gurung, Alexander Pianim, April Smith and Sha’Von Terrell.

 

“These students represent the next generation of innovators who will help ensure Maryland remains a national leader in sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship,” said Governor Larry Hogan of all those recognized. “I am proud of their efforts and all of the forward-thinking work being done at our state’s colleges and universities.”

Sustainable Growth Challenge

Morgan State SA+P graduate students (left to right) Justin Fair and April Smith, present their team’s award-winning “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan” before members of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

The is a program that engages Maryland college students in developing creative solutions to sustainability while also providing a career-building, real-world learning experience. The annual collegiate challenge is an interdisciplinary exercise promoting economic growth, environmental stewardship and sustainable land use at the community level.

“The awardees have demonstrated creativity, flexibility and passion in their projects,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. “We continue to foster a legacy of best practices using mentorship, collaboration and education as our foundation.”

The Sustainable Growth Challenge, and other competitions like it, affords Morgan opportunities to demonstrate its commitment to community engagement through mutually-beneficial opportunities that promote service-learning programs through student research.

NEXT WEEK, join me and @MAPSchat as we explore Professional Development and Transit-Oriented Development @MorganSAP! Thu 4/25 6pm – So excited. http://bit.ly/2XsYOYd

NEXT WEEK, join me and @MAPSchat as we explore Professional Development and Transit-Oriented Development @MorganSAP! Thu 4/25 6pm – So excited. http://bit.ly/2XsYOYd

Join me at @MissionFitBalt Community Day on Sat, May 4 in Remington! I’m part of an awesome team organizing this fun day! http://bit.ly/2UqwwLY http://bit.ly/2ZiHzdD

Join me at @MissionFitBalt Community Day on Sat, May 4 in Remington! I’m part of an awesome team organizing this fun day! http://bit.ly/2UqwwLY http://bit.ly/2ZiHzdD

We won the @Maryland #Sustainable Growth Award! Thrilled to be a part of a fantastic team @MorganSAP in #FranklinSquare #WestBaltimore #Baltimore http://bit.ly/2YyacU3

We won the @Maryland #Sustainable Growth Award! Thrilled to be a part of a fantastic team @MorganSAP in #FranklinSquare #WestBaltimore #Baltimore http://bit.ly/2YyacU3

Ah, today’s bittersweet! My last day with the @HyattsvilleCDC after 6.5 years! Whoa boy! Grateful 👋 #Hyattsville http://bit.ly/2Eioy3W

Ah, today’s bittersweet! My last day with the @HyattsvilleCDC after 6.5 years! Whoa boy! Grateful 👋 #Hyattsville http://bit.ly/2Eioy3W

RT @MAPSchat: Our Fall 2018 Schedule

RT @MAPSchat: Our Fall 2018 Schedule

Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

I wear many hats…

As such, I am eager to get better involved by volunteering, giving, and familiarizing myself with community development organizations and urban planning firms within the City of Baltimore. I’m open to projects like:

  • Community Profiling and Scoping Neighborhood Plans
  • Framing branding statements, promotional text and fliers
  • Database development to help list local resources
  • Research and write historical narratives
  • Site visit and tour neighborhoods
  • Sit on committees and offer insights

I am also on-the-job-hunt! Please contact me if you know of an opportunity that may interest me.

Civic Engagements

Civic Engagements

I am active in my community on three fronts: volunteering, financial donations, and employed engagement.

As a nutty list-maker, I’ve written-out my leadership positions followed by yearly or monthly giving to local non-profit organizations.

For an additional list of companies, influencers and associations that grab my attention, browse my Twitter Lists.