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Alumnus Pens Essays on Being Black in Baltimore

D. Watkins, an author and School of Education alumnus, writes about his hometown in The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in Baltimore. A collection of 23 essays with titles, such as “We’re all Freddy Gray,” “Cops are Terrorists in Our Neighborhoods” and “Black Clergy Crises,” Watkins describes what it’s like to grow up black in Baltimore. Watkins, who earned a master’s degree in education in 2011, was profiled in a recent article in the Baltimore Sun.

$4 Million Grant to Protect Children from Lead-based Paint

The Green & Healthy Homes Initative (GHHI) held its back-to-school event at the Henderson-Hopkins K-8 School where U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro announced a grant of $4 million from the Department of Housing and Community Development to Baltimore City to protect children from lead-based paint and other safety hazards in 230 City homes. According to Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President and CEO, “we want to make sure that children live in safe and healthy homes.” The theme for the gathering at Henderson-Hopkins was “Heathy Homes Makes Healthy Readers.”

PSL Grad to Run City Police Department

Deputy Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis had planned to take off Wednesday (July 8) to spend the day catching up on some needed home repair chores. Instead, he received a call to report to work. At 4:00 p.m. he was in the Mayor’s ceremonial office being sworn in as the new Interim Baltimore City Police Commissioner. Davis earned his master’s in management from the School of Education’s Division of Public Safety Leadership (PSL) in 2013.

Dean Andrews Reappointed

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and Provost Robert Lieberman recently announced the reappointment of Dean Andrews to a second five-year term. Calling him an “ Exemplary university citizen and colleague, the two officials said they were delighted Andrews will be part of the university and School of Education for the next five years” See full letter below.