Only one university in Maryland made it onto the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll this year, an award that honors schools “that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” The honor was given to 110 schools nationwide on the basis of student volunteer hours, number of volunteer organizations, and co-curricular opportunities that involve community service. So which school in Maryland gets the most karma points? (drumroll please….)
Towson University! It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, considering some of the school’s innovative programs that we’ve highlighted here in recent months. The university’s graphic design students help design a newspaper with the homeless, and its accounting students help low-income families file their tax returns.
In a week when the national media is gleefully digging into Towson’s (very small, very intense) pro-segregation white nationalist student group, it’s important to keep in mind that the vast majority of the student body is not, in fact, offensive and troll-like. Towson’s service-oriented students may not make for exciting headlines, but we have a feeling they’ll be the ones making a long-lasting impact on the world in the end.