The York Road Initiative grew from Loyola President Brian F. Linnane, S.J.'s understanding of the role an urban, Catholic, Jesuit university can play in the health and vitality of a city and its neighborhoods. During his first year as president, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he called for a Year of the City to explore the mutually beneficial relationships between Loyola University Maryland and its community. As a result of that year, the York Road Initiative rose as a strategic priority and key local community engagement aim of the University.
"My concerns about the relationship between the university and the city, particularly the Catholic university, have arisen as a result of my reflections on the effects of Hurricane Katrina." - Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
The York Road Initiative is geographically focused
in the Govans community of north Baltimore City, specifically, Cold Spring Lane (Loyola Evergreen Campus
) to Northern Parkway (Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square
) and involves community constituencies, including neighborhood residents and associations, faith-based, civic and business organizations, public and private leaders, and other partners to develop a plan to "improve the quality of life for those living, working, and learning in the York Road corridor."
Partnering with neighbors and others, we focus on the educational development, health, and well-being of community residents, as well as upon the economic viability of our neighborhoods, including our residential and retail establishments.
The York Road Initiative is an expression of the University core values of community, diversity, justice, service, and leadership in the broader community.