The second thing that has changed is the degree to which UMB has become a crucial player in the redevelopment of Baltimore. Under Dr. Perman, who was new to his post during the last round of merger talks, the university has substantially deepened its engagement from Lexington Market to the neighborhoods south and west of its burgeoning biopark. Since 2011, for example, UMB has created a mentorship program starting in the middle schools in the surrounding neighborhoods to create a pipeline for inner city youth to pursue careers in health care. It involves hundreds of university staff and 40 students a year. UMB law students are helping community members to expunge criminal records. Pharmacy students are helping neighborhood residents to review their medications. Nursing students are running exercise classes for seniors. The centerpiece of the effort is the UMB Community Engagement Center, opened in September, which has already become a locus for workforce training, childhood enrichment, healthy living classes and more. It is a front door for neighbors to access the wealth of opportunities that have for decades been walled off on the other side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.