"This course addresses long-standing structural problems that manifest themselves socially as structural racism and geographically as hyper-segregation. These issues date back to federal housing policy of a century ago that created segregated neighborhoods that evolved with severe underemployment, high incarceration rates, poor health outcomes, low educational attainment, inadequate transportation connections, and significant wealth disparity, all manifest in high housing vacancy rates, intractable drug addiction, and intensification of highly localized criminal activity.
Yet Baltimore is a city well worth investing in for the future, and that is why we have developed this community-based course on “Divided Baltimore: How did we get here; where do we go?” The course builds on an historical understanding of how Baltimore became segregated, what that means for people who live on either side of the divide, why it is in everyone’s self-interest to correct the problem, and how we might do so.
The course is interdisciplinary and addresses segregation: its rationale, its consequences, and the Baltimore region’s response to it. Any solution requires understanding the structural causes of segregation in Baltimore, the considerable social and economic costs of injustice and inequity, and the need for multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to problem solving. The course further offers students an opportunity to reflect on their own self-interests in finding solutions to community-wide social and economic disparity."