The Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins was created in the early 1990’s as the community engagement center for the Johns Hopkins University Homewood (Charles Village) campus. Mostly serving undergraduate students, the Center offers several opportunities to connect community organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area with students looking to become more involved in the community.
In 2012, the CSC staff identified three civic values and four civic competencies that would thread through all CSC programs. The values comprise Applied Learning, Diversity, and Connectivity, and Sustainable Partnership, while the four competencies are: 1) Emphasis on Understanding Current Affairs; 2) Leadership and Management Skills; 3) Critical Thinking; 4) Principles of Service-Learning. This framework serves as the CSC’s foundation for its new programs and initiatives.
The Center for Social Concern emphasizes the value of service with others, rather than the commonly accepted concept of service to others. The volunteer and client enter into an educational process where both benefit from the interaction and reciprocal learning is the common ground for all of our initiatives. Our programs and efforts are striving to create a “better community” in and around the Johns Hopkins campus.
Specifically, the CSC:
- Houses over 50 community service groups that perform direct service to the Baltimore Community (NOTE: the Office of Student Activities administers all the other student groups on campus)
- Oversees the JHU Tutorial Project, an in-house tutoring program for Baltimore area elementary school students
- Oversees the Community Impact Internships Program (CIIP), recruiting, selecting and supporting 50 undergraduate interns for community-based summer internships in Baltimore nonprofits and government agencies
- Provides seed money for individual students who wish to coordinate community-based programming in Baltimore
- Administers a community-based Federal Work Study program
- Serves as a resource for students, faculty, and community organizations who want to develop community-based learning (CBL) opportunities
- Runs seven weekend and week-long Alternative Break programs, each focusing on a different issue area
In summer 2009, CSC’s main facility moved from Levering Hall to 3103 North Charles Street (called the Center for Social Concern Building). This three-story home houses CSC’s staff, programs and student services, except for the Johns Hopkins University Tutorial Project, which is located on the second floor of Levering Hall. The Tutorial Project’s location is unique in that the main area of the space contains an incredible floor-to-ceiling mural done by Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D. “The Apocalypse” was commissioned in 1968 by Dr. Chester Wickwire, then-Chaplain of the Johns Hopkins University.