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Message from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: We are Baltimore

Loyola University Maryland

July 31, 2019

 

Dear Members of the Loyola Community:

In recent days, the national conversation has focused on Baltimore, as many of us have seen disheartening comments from President Donald Trump. Those words do not reflect the city I know and love.

Loyola University Maryland is proud to be an anchor institution in Baltimore. Our city has a rich history, a vibrant blend of diverse cultures, and some of the best health care and educational institutions in the country, as well as thriving businesses. Baltimore also has its challenges, as every city—every community—does. Particularly as a Jesuit, Catholic university that is invested in supporting and advancing our city, we join our local leaders in naming those issues and working together to create solutions. Loyola is grateful to partner with organizations and businesses and institutions across this city to work together to strengthen Baltimore—and our students are a key part of that success.

It is not just the future, however, that is bright. Right now, we are seeing tremendous growth and opportunity for our city. Baltimore is a place that inspires and cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a city full of optimism. Those outside the city may not be able to appreciate fully the progress that is happening within Baltimore, but it is well underway—and we have great hope for the future

Each fall when our new students arrive at Loyola, we begin to introduce them to Baltimore—not just the dynamic theater and cuisine and professional athletic events, but also some of the challenges that every city faces. Throughout their time on our campus and in the community, our students gain a fuller appreciation for how to be persons for and with others. As they serve in internships and volunteer throughout the city, our students receive a more complete educational experience because they are residents of Baltimore. I’m pleased that nearly 50% of our Loyola graduates make Baltimore their home after graduation. They see the opportunity that exists here—and they want to be part of it. Earlier this week, Visit Baltimore shared this compelling graphic that shows just a few of the reasons we can be proud of Baltimore.

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