What is an open society? Diana Morris works to answer that question in her role as director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting opportunity and justice by resolving issues faced in urban areas. Open Society Institute-Baltimore is the only U.S. field office of the Open Society Foundations, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Here in Baltimore, Diana and the office focus on issues like lowering suspension rates for kids in school, providing accessible drug treatment and reducing the number of Marylanders in the criminal justice system. Social justice and human rights work have always been important to Diana, who grew up in a small town with an itch to get out and see the world. Diana spoke about some of her travels, and the early issues that got her involved in this kind of work. She also discussed the learning curve she experienced when she got to Baltimore, the challenge of convincing people of the importance of urban issues, and the future of the city.
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