Maryland Has its First LGBTQ Affairs Commission Administrative Director

On July 26, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives today announced the appointment of the first Administrative Director to the Maryland Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Jeremy Browning. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a law to create the statewide Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The 15 member Commission will "study and develop best practices and make policy recommendations to enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and communities statewide." It will operate under Governor’s Office…

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Baltimore Establishes New Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs, Appoints Director

Baltimore City marked the start of LGBTQ Pride Month establishing a new citywide office and appointing a new director for the LGBTQ+ affairs to guide the city's work with the community. On the first day of Pride Month (June 1), Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the city has established its first ever office for LGBTQ+ Affairs and has appointed a director to lead, Londyn Smith-De Richelieu, to lead the office as the city’s very first…

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Baltimore City and County Team Up with the Ravens on Youth Leadership Program

The 2021-2022 class of Baltimore Ravens High School Leadership Institute high schoolers completed the program last week, having learned leadership skills and how to be productive members of their communities.   The Baltimore Ravens High School Leadership Institute is hosted by the Ravens and T. Rowe Price and serves 100 Baltimore City and County high school students every year who were selected as by their schools to participate in the program. The students, some of who recently completed the program,…

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Mayor Scott is Reviving the Baltimore City Commission for Women

On March 24, Mayor Brandon Scott announced plans to revive Baltimore City Commission for Women, in correspondence with Women's History Month. Mayor Scott announced that Baltimore City will reinvigorate the Baltimore City Commission for Women by placing it under the purview of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR). The commission serves as a focal point and forum for the unique challenges faced by women and addresses instances of gender discrimination and prejudice within the purview…

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Talbot Library System and Talbot Family Network Partner on Diversity Book Club

The Talbot County Free Library and Talbot Family Network have  partnered to launch an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Book Club starting this month. The new book club will feature enriching literature that highlights Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, followed by a discussion. The Book Club will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from January to May at 6:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library Main Branch Meeting Room. The inaugural discussion will occur this…

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Anne Arundel Council Approves Student Member Voting on Human Relations Commission

The Anne Arundel Human Relations Commission is composed of 13 members, one of which is a student representative who may soon have full voting rights on the body. The Anne Arundel County Council voted on December 20 to allow the student member of the county Human Relations Commission to vote on commission business. Previously the student member was allowed to sit on the commission but not vote. The Human Relations Commission website states that, "The Human Relations…

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UM Upper Chesapeake Gifted $7.5M for Leadership Institute

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCF) and the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation (UCHF) announced a $7.5 million endowment gift to establish The Anna and James Lambdin Leadership Institute. The endowment -- the largest independent gift ever donated to UCHF -- comes from the new institute's namesakes, Anna and James Lambdin to establish a medical professional leadership institute. The Anna and James Lambdin Leadership Institute will focus on building tomorrow’s leaders and will offer two…

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Montgomery Libraries to Hold Free Job Seeking and Entrepreneurship Couching and Workshops

Throughout the month of December, Montgomery County Public Libraries will host online workshops and one-on-one career coaching geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs. Every Monday in December from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the Montgomery County Public Library System will hold Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HIRE) for job seekers to meet virtually, one-on-one with career counselors. Register for a one-on-one career counseling session using the links below: Monday, Dec. 6 Monday, Dec. 13 Monday, Dec. 20 Monday, Dec. 27 Additionally, throughout the month…

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New Poll Shows State is Abuzz with Support for Cannabis Reform

A new poll from Goucher College found that 60% of Marylanders support the legalization of recreational cannabis. Goucher College, renowned for its statewide polling on politics and hot topics, published its latest polling data today. For the last few years, the poll, which gauges Marylanders on a variety of issues, has included a line of questioning on public attitude about recreational cannabis use. From reporting by The Baltimore Sun: Sixty percent of those surveyed by the…

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Howard County Launches $500K Grant Program for Non-profits

On Friday, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the establishment of $500,000 in grant funding program geared toward non-profits in the county innovatively addressing today's most pressing issues.   The Transform Howard Innovation Grant program will accept applications now through November 19 from categories aimed at students, infrastructure, residents, cybersecurity, and the environment. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. The five grant application categories are: Reliable & Accessible Infrastructure - Modernization, Technology, or Equity…

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