Community Engagement Liaison
Sheri Parks is Associate Professor of American Studies and the immediate past Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming for the College or Arts and Humanities, and the first director of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the leader for one of the first National Endowment for the Humanities in the Public Square grants for Baltimore Stories: Narratives and the Life of an American Citby NEH as a national model for deep community conversations and the topic of a companion book, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.
Sheri is co-leader of Home Stories, a new NEH grant in which UMD students collaborate with recently arrived immigrant youth to develop digital stories, as well as serving as community liaison on other current grants awarded by the National Science Foundation and UMD Office of the Provost. She was of the co-leaders of a 1.2 million dollar grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture. She is also a popular public speaker and a public intellectual, heard monthly of WYPR-NPR’s Midday and the Baltimore Sun’s podcast, Roughly Speaking. Her awards include recognition by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for broadcast analysis of children’s media. She is incoming president of the board of directors for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the arts and culture service organization for Baltimore and the five surrounding counties.