In Baltimore, tensions between some universities and residents of the communities that surround them have lingered for generations. Morgan State University officials are aware of that tension and are making steps to address pre-existing divides.
The "Morgan Community Mile" is in the initial stages of development. The goal is to "improve and sustain the quality of life in Northeast Baltimore."
In a series of meetings, residents and MSU staff and faculty have identified "pillars" they would like to see improved through the initiative.
Those pillars include public safety, sustainable environment, and workforce and economic development.
In this interview Sheilah speaks with Catherine Evans, secretary with the Northeast Community Organization and Mary Ann Alabanza Akers, Dean in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University.