Juneteenth | CSU Alum BCPD Deputy Commissioner | HBCU Legislation Impact

Juneteenth | CSU Alum BCPD Deputy Commissioner | HBCU Legislation Impact

 from the desk of
President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
April 5, 2021
Dear Eagle Nation:

Juneteenth is the American holiday marking June 19, 1865, the day Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation that had abolished slavery, more than two years before. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Some believe the historic time marks this country’s second Independence Day. 

But the story is more complex than that. Over the last year, as Americans continued to protest police brutality, institutional racism, and structural disadvantage in cities and towns across the country, Juneteenth has taken on more significance, as people become more aware that true liberation of African-Americans is not yet complete.  This is confirmed by the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, which fueled a revolution that amplified the very reasons why #BlackLivesMatter. These resounding tragedies have forced people around the world to open their eyes to the plight of Black people, in this country, and beyond.

Clearly, there’s still much work to do, which is exactly why it is important to celebrate Juneteenth as a bodacious expression of hope and resolve to bring about reform.  Traditionally observed on June 19, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, this year. To this end, I am pleased to share news that Coppin State University will observe Juneteenth as a holiday, on Friday, June 18, granting administrative leave to employees. University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman has announced Juneteenth will be a holiday, across the USM. To view Chancellor Perman’s letter, visit: https://www.usmd.edu/newsroom/news/2146.

COVID-19 Updates

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Fanny Jackson Coppin Statue Campaign

Contribute to the FJC Statue Campaign.
Be a part of history. Honor the legacy of Fanny Jackson Coppin with your gift towards the construction of her life-sized statue.

University Highlights

Coppin State University students, faculty, and staff continue to make differences in an array of areas, and I am pleased to share some campus highlights and things to look forward to:
Coppin grad Sheree Briscoe promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner.
Coppin graduate Sheree Briscoe was promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner.
Coppin Grad Sheree Briscoe Promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner
I am delighted to share news that Coppin State University graduate Sheree Briscoe has been promoted to the Baltimore Police Department Deputy Commissioner of the Operations Bureau. In the appointment, Briscoe becomes the city’s first African American woman to be deputy commissioner and the first to oversee the department’s day-to-day operations. At Coppin, Briscoe, who was a highly regarded non-traditional student in our Criminal Justice program, graduated with a bachelor’s degree, in 2020. Dr. Jacqueline M. Rhoden-Trader, CSU Chair and Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Science, describes her as a hardworking woman of high integrity.

Colonel Briscoe rose through the ranks of the police department working in various capacities, most notably as the Commander of the Western District, three weeks following the civil unrest of 2015. As the Western District Commander, she was responsible for implementing community outreach and engagement initiative to build relationships and set the foundation for community policing. Named one of Baltimore’s Change Makers in 2016, by NBC News, she is known for her direct, compassionate, no-nonsense leadership and a belief in improving communities and relationships, one encounter at a time. Briscoe is also an FBI National Academy graduate of session #276.

Congratulations, Deputy Commissioner Briscoe!
President Jenkins Speaks with CBS Baltimore To Discuss HBCU Legislation
Last week, I sat down with WJZ-TV (CBS Baltimore) to discuss how Coppin will use funds received through the recently passed HBCU legislation to invest in students and promote and grow our academic programs.

To view the full story, click here.
Click here to watch CSU on WJZ13.
Click to watch the WJZ13 segment.

Legislative Updates

The Maryland Legislature continues its 2021 session, and I will include updates in this newsletter, highlighting a number of bills that are of interest to the Coppin State University community. I would like to express my gratitude to all of the Maryland Delegates and Senators working hard to help ensure that Coppin can continue its distinguished and important mission.
Percy Julian Construction Project for the College of Business

Governor’s Amended Supplemental Budget, submitted on March 31, seeks to fully fund the final phase of the Percy Julian Construction Project by way of Pay go Cash funds originating from the Governor’s Office. Funding shifts to the Governor’s Office instead of using General Obligation Bonds for funding.

Entire Capital Budget is still under debate, but this amendment is likely to remain in the final Capital.

Budget as amended and structured.

Funding for New Dormitory and Student Union Building 
(House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones)

Amendments to Capital Budget Bill (HB590) provide an aggregate of $12 million for the design and construction of a new dormitory and student union building at CSU. 

On March 30 HB590 passed the Senate’s second reading with Amendments. The bill now moves on to third reading.

West North Avenue Development Authority
 (Sen. Antonio Hayes/Del. Marlon Amprey)

To establish the West North Avenue Development Authority in Baltimore City to coordinate and facilitate the development of a master plan for the economic development of the West North Avenue corridor.

The bill passed the House Environment and Transportation Committee, favorable with amendment on April 1. The bill is now set for review in the Senate.

Legislative Representatives of Maryland’s District 40 which includes Coppin State University

Sen. Antonio L. Hayes (D), District 40
James Senate Office Building, Room 222
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3656
[email protected]

Del. Marlon D. Amprey (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 205
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3520
[email protected]

Del. Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 314
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3189
[email protected]

Del. Melissa R. Wells (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 315
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3545
[email protected]

Lastly, thank you for continuing your commitment to keeping our campus safe during these challenging times. 

Take care, be well, and Go Eagles!


Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Coppin State University
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