• OSI Fellow David Hornbeck to speak at Be the Change forum on Kirwan Commission

    David Hornbeck, a 2012 OSI Community Fellow and the former schools superintendent in Maryland and Philadelphia, will speak at a Be the Change forum on the expected recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, which is set to overhaul education policy throughout the state. The forum is Thursday, December 6th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2501 Manhattan […]

  • OSI Community Fellows celebrated as “Leading Women”

    Earlier this week, OSI Community Fellows Lanaea C. Featherstone (2013) and Shantell Roberts (2017) attended the Daily Record’s “Leading Women” celebration at the Westin Annapolis. Both Featherstone and Roberts were named as Leading Women by the paper in October. Honorees, who were selected by previous Top 100 Women and Leading Women winners, were judged on […]

  • 2018 OSI Community Fellow Brittany Young in Forbes Magazine

    Recently, 2018 OSI Community Fellow, Brittany Young was interviewed by Forbes Magazine. In “Innovation is a Fancy Word for Survival,” Young talks about her project, B-360, which uses Baltimore’s dirt bike culture to not only introduce young people to education and career opportunities in the STEM fields but also to change perceptions of the sport. […]

  • 2018 Community Fellow Aarti Sidhu featured in UMD Law profile

    2018 OSI Community Fellow, Aarti Sidhu, was recently featured on the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law website. Through her fellowship, Represent Youth: Baltimore School Justice Initiative – which will operate out of the University’s Clinical Law Program – Sidhu will directly represent Baltimore City Public School students who are facing suspensions […]

  • One year later Safe City Baltimore having a big impact

    Last month, Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA), OSI-Baltimore’s partner in the Safe City Baltimore immigrant defense and education initiative, went to Vera Institute of Justice’s Detroit convening to report on the initiative’s progress a year after OSI Director Diana Morris joined Mayor Catherine Pugh and Rodriguez-Lima at City Hall to […]

  • Baltimore Sun features 2018 OSI Fellow Brittany Young

    This week, the Baltimore Sun featured 2018 OSI Community Fellow Brittany Young and her project, B-360, which uses Baltimore’s dirt bike culture as a way to introduce young people to educational and career opportunities in STEM fields. Young, who is an elementary school technology instructor and a former chemical engineer, also hopes to change the perceptions of […]

  • OSI mourns the loss of Suzanne Cohen

    Suzanne Cohen, a fierce advocate for equity and the arts and a longtime supporter and Advisory Board member at Open Society Institute, died last week at the age of 83. “All of us at OSI-Baltimore benefited from Sue’s talents, passion and many contributions,” said OSI-Baltimore director Diana Morris. “We will miss her.” Cohen supported many […]

  • Report on Unger Project earns media attention

    A recent Justice Policy Institute report based on OSI-Baltimore’s five-year investment in providing reentry services to aging people being released from incarceration was the subject of a lengthy story in the Maryland Daily Record today. An excerpt: There is usually very little social support for people coming out of prison, according to Deputy Public Defender […]

  • Diana Morris

    OSI-Baltimore director to go on four-month sabbatical

    This spring, Open Society Institute-Baltimore Director Diana Morris will go on a four-month sabbatical as part of Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) sabbatical program. The program allows all full-time employees who have worked for the organization for at least five years to apply and be considered for a four-month leave of absence to pursue projects of […]

  • Lawsuit challenges unlicensed bail bonds company operating in Baltimore

    On Tuesday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a grantee of Open Society Foundations, filed a class action lawsuit against an unlicensed bail bonds company operating in Baltimore. The lawsuit challenges 4 Aces Bail Bonds Incorporated’s unlawful and predatory practices, including collecting bail bond premiums without a license. Bail bond companies must be […]