University takes stock of efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

Johns Hopkins University unveiled a set of draft recommendations On Monday, this will lay the groundwork for the next iteration of the JHU Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap, which since 2016 has served as the university’s guiding document and accountability framework to advance equity. and inclusion.

The 65 recommendations cover a range of topics – faculty diversity and staff advancement, community and alumni engagement, student support and success, training and development, and institutional responsibility. They were developed by the 43 members 2020 Roadmap Working Group and seven working groups made up of 162 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.

In a message to the Hopkins community earlier this week, the president of JHU Ronald J. Daniels, Provost Sunil Kumar, and head of diversity Katrina Caldwell request comments, comments and ideas as they work with university divisions and other key stakeholders over the summer to develop a set of common and measurable goals for the university as a whole. A full draft of the updated roadmap will be released for comment at the start of the fall semester, with a final document to follow in October.

The process of reassessing the university’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion began last summer when Daniels announced the formation of the task force as part of a larger set of initiatives to combat racism and discrimination at Johns Hopkins. The task force was chaired by Caldwell; Patricia Davidson, former dean of the School of Nursing; and Ashley Llorens, former head of the Center for Intelligent Systems at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

“Our aim was to build on the foundations laid by the initial roadmap with a candid assessment of the effectiveness of our strategies and any gaps in our approach,” Daniels, Kumar and Caldwell wrote in a message to the Hopkins community on Monday, “and then consider new approaches to ensure that our university community is a place that achieves excellence by welcoming and supporting the full and diverse range of people, ideas, backgrounds and experiences.”

Over the past several months, the task force’s working groups have held public and small group listening sessions, held conversations and gathered feedback to identify gaps in the university’s existing strategies and consider new ones. approaches that would bring the university closer to its objectives. Their recommendations place a strong emphasis on developing mechanisms for greater accountability in leadership and transparency on the makeup and expectations of the university community.

“Barriers to diversity and equity are often exacerbated by a lack of access to unwritten rules or unexpressed expectations of success,” says Rigoberto Hernandez, professor of chemistry at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences who replaced Llorens as co-chair of the working group in March. “As an institution, we have the power to eliminate this inequality entirely by being completely transparent in all our rules and decisions, and by communicating our expectations of success to every member of our community.

Read the full list of recommendations from the 2020 Roadmap Working Group

Co-Chairs of the 2020 Roadmap Working Group

  • Katrina Caldwell, Vice-Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of Diversity, University Administration
  • Patricia Davidson, Former Dean, School of Nursing
  • Rigoberto Hernandez, Gompf family chemistry professor, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

University administration

  • Nancy Kass, vice-provost for higher and vocational education, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Farouk Dey, Vice-Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, University Administration
  • Andrew Douglas, Vice-President, Faculty Affairs
  • Shanon Shumpert, Vice-Provost for Institutional Equity
  • Ed Schlesinger, Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering
  • Alicia Wilson, Vice-President of Economic Development, University Administration

Faculty (alphabetical by school)

  • Chris Beyrer, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Lisa Cooper, Director, Institute of Urban Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mindi Levin, Director, SOURCE, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sophie Neuner, Research Associate Center for American Indian Alaskan Native Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Victoria O’Keefe, Mathuram Santosham Chair in Native American Health, Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • James Calvin, Professor of Practice, Carey Business School
  • Ho-Fung Hung, Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor of Political Economy, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nadia Nurhussein, Associate Professor, English and African Studies, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Yolanda Abel, Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Advanced Educational Studies, School of Education
  • Robert Higgins, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, William Stewart Halstead Professor of Surgery, Chief Surgeon JHM, School of Medicine
  • Damani Piggott, Associate Dean for Higher Biomedical Education and Graduate Student Diversity, Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Bonnielin Swenor, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
  • Gloria Ramsey, Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, School of Nursing
  • Teresa Brockie, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Students and postdocs

  • Maya Camargo-Vemuri, graduate student, Graduate School of International Studies
  • Ashley Cureton, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education
  • Jawara Allen, MD / Ph.D. Candidate, School of Medicine
  • Ozioma Anyanwu, undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Carolyn Dzul, Undergraduate Student, Peabody Institute
  • Alisha Chen, Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Staff (alphabetical by school)

  • Joel Bolling, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Lorraine Smith, Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Joseph Colón, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Homewood Student Affairs
  • Demere Woolway, Director of LGBTQ Life, Homewood Student Affairs
  • Ian Matthew-Clayton, Executive Director, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources
  • Darlene Saporu, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences & Whiting School of Engineering
  • Abra Bush, Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies, Peabody
  • Noemi Crespo Rice, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies
  • Nancy Edwards Molello, Program Director, Strategic Operations and Initiatives, Center for Health Equity, School of Medicine
  • Mónica Guerrero Vazquez, Executive Director, Centro SOL, School of Medicine
  • Stacey Marks, Academic Program Manager, School of Medicine
  • Erin Fox, Senior Program Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Community partners

  • Melvin Wilson, Co-Director, Turnaround Tuesday, BUILD
  • Alexandria Warrick-Adams, Managing Director, Elev8 Baltimore


  • Anika Penn, President, Johns Hopkins Alumni Council

About Geraldine Higgins

Check Also

A mural was unveiled in Bath to celebrate African women in healthcare.

It is in the atrium of the Royal United Hospital It is titled “A Hidden …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *