Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) is a two-year, multi-campus collaborative initiative of Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP). PLACE, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together a network of academic-community partnerships involving eleven colleges, community colleges, and universities in four communities, including UMBC in Baltimore.
Each local project applies humanities methods to develop action plans grounded in community voice and enabled by academic-community partnership. The larger collaboratory distills best practices for such partnerships, models the role of engaged humanities in sustaining them, and uses networked collaboration to disseminate these practices and models across higher education.
Having been trained in humanities methods and community organizing approaches in spring 2020, UMBC’s eight undergraduate PLACE Fellows are preparing to support residents of Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood in building greater community cohesion and provide enriching opportunities for young people.