GRO Meetings and Events

If you’re a new student (or a returning one for that matter), come check out the Graduate Student Lounge as well!

For events in Baltimore, check out this blog.


Regular Events

GRO General Council Meetings for 2019-2020

The General Council (GC) of the Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) decides on topics that effect graduate student life on Homewood Campus (e.g. student group event funding, budget, policies, debates grad student needs) and advocates for graduate students.

Every graduate student from Homewood is allowed and more than welcome to attend and to ask the chairs in advance to put a topic on the agenda of the next meeting. However, only department reps and members of the executive board are allowed to vote. Therefore, it is very important that every department sends a representative so that your voices will be heard.We’d like to highlight that we advocate for every graduate student who is on Homewood Campus. It does not matter whether you have a department rep or not.

In order to apply for our travel grants, your department rep has to attend the majority of the meetings—otherwise, your department won’t be eligible for funding.

If you’re interested to join the GRO as a department rep, please send an email to our secretary (

We would like to invite all graduate students to our meetings held on alternate Mondays 6-7:30 pm. See detailed schedule below.

General Council Meeting Minutes are updated on our Minutes Page following approval of the minutes by the Council at a subsequent meeting.

Schedule last updated: April 6th, 2020 (7:39 PM)

  • January 27, 2020 – Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall
  • February 10, 2020 – Shaffer 303
  • February 24, 2020 – Great Hall in Levering
  • March 9, 2020 – Great Hall in Levering
  • March 23, 2020 – Zoom
  • March 30, 2020 – Zoom
  • April 13, 2020 – Zoom
  • April 27, 2020 – Zoom
  • May 11, 2020 – Zoom

*Information on joining Zoom will be sent to GC representatives. Email the GRO Chair and Communication Chair ( and, if you did not receive an email and would like to join this meeting.


A note on attendance during COVID-19:

Attendance will be taken at the March 30th (previously April 6th) virtual meeting based on receiving electronic votes for initiatives needed to continue GRO functioning in the next academic year. We will be presuming everyone “present” for the following meetings, in consideration of the state of emergency caused by COVID-19. But we urge all department representatives to come to these meetings, or designate and send an alternate who can, in order for us to reach the quorum needed to pass motions impacting students during this state of emergency. E-mail to designate an alternate, Cc’ing that alternate as well.


Coffee Hour

Every Monday during the academic semester (excluding holidays) we hold GRO coffee hour in Levering Hall Lounge (which is in Levering Hall) from 3-4pm. There will be free coffee, drinks, various snacks, and cookies. And of course, your fellow grad students!

Happy Hour

Most Thursdays from 6-8pm in the Levering Hall Lounge, the GRO hosts a happy hour with free beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and pub snacks. It’s a great way to meet your fellow graduate students!

Seasonal Events

GRO Welcome Events for New Graduate Students

First and foremost, congratulations to you on joining the incoming class of Blue Jays! Graduate life at Hopkins is a rich, tough, and rewarding experience that will shape your life for years to come. We are your Graduate Representative Organization (or “GRO” for short), and we want to welcome you to campus and give you a little bit of information about who we are and what we do. You can read more about our organization in our PDF Document: GRO Welcome Letter 2019.

To follow updates on upcoming welcome events, join our facebook group: ​JHU Homewood Incoming Graduate Students—Fall 2019

GRO Summer Sports League

The GRO organizes sports activities over the summer, such as soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, and softball. The GRO also supports and sponsors graduate-oriented sport clubs. Soccer, volleyball, and cricket are some of them. When demand is high enough and the funds are available, the GRO also arranges for the televised broadcast of sporting events such as the World Cup, Euro Cup, and Championship cricket matches.