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About the Center

Bill Tiefenwerth, CSC Director

Bill TiefenwerthEmail: btief@jhu.edu

Bill has been at Johns Hopkins University in the Homewood Student Affairs division since 1979. In 1981, he was the co-founder of the Jail Tutorial Project, which continues its work in the Baltimore City Detention Unit to this day.

In the late 1980s, he worked with the University Chaplaincy to develop The Group for Civic Progress, a pilot project run by concerned JHU students in community services. In 1992, Bill Tiefenwerth was charged by the University to create the Johns Hopkins Office of Volunteer Services. As the director of this new resource, he began with the four existing community service programs (some of which were developed through the Group for Civic Progress), and gradually expanded upon that number. In 1994, Bill formed a partnership with the Greater Homewood Community Corporation and the Northern District Baltimore City Police to found the Safe & Smart Center in the heart of the Waverly Community. He designed both the programming component and the interior layout. In 1993, Bill's Safe & Smart Center was awarded the "Best Use of an Existing Urban Structure" by the Neighborhood Design Center.

Bill is the 1999 recipient of the "Gold Cup," in recognition for outstanding contributions to student life and student activities. In 2000, he was named an "Unsung Hero" by the Baltimore City Paper. In 2005, he worked with University Development and the France-Merrick Foundation to make available a Community Service Scholars fund to provide financial support for innovative ideas to serve the Baltimore community.  In 2008, he joined with faculty and leadership on the medical campus to create the Hopkins Social Innovations Partnership in order to promote social entrepreneurship across the institutions.  He currently serves as one of three co-directors of this initiative.  Since then, Bill has served on various campus and community boards in the creation of innovation high schools, school library projects, and urban beautification projects.   Bill is always looking for new service opportunities in the community, and ways to strengthen old ones.


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