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"Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape was extremely enlightening. I saw how all of our visions could come together to improve Baltimore, whether it was through artistic expression, healthcare and education reform, or a myriad of other creative ideas."
Elizabeth Hayden
Towson University
Hometown: Poolesville, MD

Elizabeth's Story

Liz Hayden is a campus leader and advocate for community engagement. She is on the planning committee for Towson University’s largest, campus-wide day of community services, The Big Event. Liz has participated in three alternative spring break trips, serving as trip leader for two of the trips. Each of the trips involved community service activities related to educational inequality, homelessness, urban poverty, and mass incarceration.

In her quest for social change, eliminating mass incarceration is the issue Liz is most passionate about. “Mass incarceration impacts individuals, families, communities, and social institutions,” says Liz. Her vision is to end the era of mass incarceration pervasive to Baltimore City and similar cities across the country. Her career plan is to one day be involved with criminal justice research, policy, and advocacy.

Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape has changed how Liz is approaching her career as a public servant. “It made me see the importance of collaboration, self-awareness, and always staying true to my values. It is not enough to simply have an idea, but it is important to put that idea into action by setting attainable goals and working with others toward a common purpose.”

Liz is taking the next steps toward achieving her goals. Through the Baltimore Mayor’s Office Supper Club Initiative, she volunteers weekly with juveniles involved in the city’s juvenile justice system; she mentors participants and facilitates activities designed to enhance their personal growth. Liz also serves as a writing tutor with the Goucher Education Partnership, which offers a college education to those incarcerated in Maryland Correctional Institutions.