Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community, Service, and Justice

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Our Team

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Ben Belz He, him, his Assistant Director, Academic Engagement

Education: B.A. Environmental Studies, Baylor University; M.S.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs, Baylor University

Work Experience: Community-engaged learning course development and implementation, civic engagement, undergraduate research programs, alternative spring break programming, campus-community partnerships, AmeriCorps VISTA alum.

Hobbies: reading, sports, exploring my new home (I'm new to Baltimore!), finding new podcasts to listen to non-stop, and spending time with family & friends.

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Cierra Bolding She, her, hers AmeriCorps VISTA

Education: Some College Courses; Major: Secondary Education with a concentration in History – Grand Canyon University 
Work Experience: 5+ years in the banking industry (BB&T now Truist Bank & Tower Federal Credit Union), Main Office Assistant (Camp Sonshine), interpersonal skills, customer service, research & problem-solving abilities


Interest: Reading, anime, cosplaying, visiting museums, listening to podcasts/music, and social justice

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Pat Cassidy He, him, his Associate Director, Programs

Education: B.A., Social Work, Providence College; M.A., Spiritual and Pastoral Care – focus in spiritual direction, Loyola University Maryland

Work Experience: Jesuit Volunteer in Punta Gorda, Belize from 2008-2010 doing retreat ministry and socio-economic development work in Mayan villages; Program Coordinator for Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ domestic (Connecticut & Washington DC) and international (Belize & Tanzania) programs; Program Coordinator for Loyola's Messina first year living-learning community program; Assistant Director (Outreach & Advocacy; Immersion Programs) in CCSJ; 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher; young adult spiritual and personal formation


Interests: Biking through Baltimore, trying new restaurants, creating, drinking coffee while writing, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. 


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Abbie Flanagan She, her, hers Assistant Director, Outreach & Advocacy

Education: B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Kansas; J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. 

Work experience: juvenile defense and educational advocacy, youth justice legislation and policy, nonprofit governance, experiential education, holistic case management, and resource connection, AmeriCorps alum. 

Interests: reading, exploring Baltimore, hiking with my dog, tennis, and traveling with my family.

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Gia Grier McGinnis She/Her/Hers Executive Director

Education: B.A., Environmental Studies, Washington College; M.S. Natural Resources and Environment (Environmental Justice Program), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Certificate, Risk Sciences and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Morgan State University

Work Experience: Community-university partnerships and student program development; Community-engaged research; AmeriCorps VISTA alum; Biomedical risk communication in tobacco control; Informal STEMM and environmental education and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM career fields; Team and organizational development; Fund development; Strategic planning.

Interests: Hiking, reading, promoting mental health awareness, exploring new things in the city, wellness activities.

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Stephen Park He, him, his Faculty Director, Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship

Education: B.A., English, Cornell University; M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago; Ph.D., English, University of Southern California

Work Experience: Assistant Professor of English, Loyola University Maryland, including 10 semesters of service-learning courses; Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley; Lecturer, University of Southern California

Interests: Gardening, reading, social justice

Graduate Assistant Team

Undergraduate Student Intern Team

CCSJ Interns serve as liaisons between the Loyola community and specific community partners in the greater Baltimore region. Student interns focus on the following:

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  1. Publicity and Marketing
  2. Education and Youth Development
  3. Resource Development and Food Access
  4. Civic Engagement
  5. Student Engagement

Interns organize training & orientation sessions, facilitate reflections on community engagement experiences, and coordinate logistics including transportation arrangements and partner-specific requirements.

View the 2023-2024 CCSJ Student Employment Team