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"Through Collegetown LeaderShape I have become better at the simple, yet most important things, like listening and thinking critically."
Eric Baker
Loyola University Maryland
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Eric's Story

“I want to play a part in bringing Baltimore the peace, hope and resources it deserves,” says Eric Baker.

In his junior year of high school, Eric’s life was in a downward spiral of drugs and violence. The summer between his junior and senior years was a turning point for Eric. He went from nearly being pulled off the basketball team and almost going to prison to becoming the leader of the team his senior year and shadowing the attorney who had defended him. Positive role models, people who believed in him, and a deep commitment to his faith has made him the dedicated, caring, and optimistic person he is today.

Eric’s vision is to inspire a generation of Baltimore youth to live out their values, fulfill their purpose with confidence, and to love others by knowing themselves. He is starting with his own campus, Loyola, by serving on a presidential task force to implement a universal racial education program for all new students, faculty, and staff to bring about a healthy racial campus climate. In Baltimore Eric is part of the 300 Men March Street Engagement Unit, calling for community accountability, and he volunteers with Acts4Youth to empower elementary and middle school students to do great things.

Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape has helped Eric recognize the need to take action on his core values of love, faith, and growth. “LeaderShape has given me motivation to continue my pursuit to be a lawyer, where I can show love by fighting for justice.”