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.

*NEW* GRO Newsletter

Check out what the GRO has planned this spring. These include GRO-events and resources surrounding socializing, building community, improving wellness, and more.

PDF Document: Bulletin on Health and Wellness Resources

PDF Document: March 2021 – GRO SCW Newsletter

PDF Document: April 2021 – GRO SCW Newsletter

GRO Meetings and Office Hours

GRO General Council Meetings (& Minutes) for 2020-2021

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. You can view minute from these meetings on our >> Minutes Page << .

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: January 7th, 2021

  • February 1, 2021 – Zoom
  • February 15, 2021 – Zoom
  • March 1, 2021 – Zoom
  • March 15, 2021 – Zoom
  • April 5, 2021 – Zoom
  • April 19, 2021 – Zoom
  • April 26, 2021 – 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 these meetings.

GRO Advocacy Co-Chair Office Hours

Graduate students are invited to attend weekly virtual office hours hosted by GRO Advocacy Co-Chairs, Yuri Chia and Briana Whitehead. They will be held each Sunday from 3-5 PM (EST) as well as Wednesday from 6-8 PM (EST). All graduate students are more than welcome to join us and discuss what’s on your mind.

Organizer(s) contact: Advocacy chairs, Yuri ( & Briana ( (e-mail for zoom links)

Seasonal Events

GRO Welcome Events

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). We think you may find the following resources helpful:

To follow updates on upcoming welcome events, join our facebook group: ​JHU Homewood Incoming Graduate Students—Fall 2020!

We are also still hosting virtual social and orientation events. We recently hosted an event for international students. You can view the full video here.

Recurring Social Events

Virtual Coffee Hours (with Real Coffee!)

The GRO is proud to announce that weekly coffee hours will be starting up Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Due to limitations with holding events on campus, we have set up a program where on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students who sign up for a $5 credit towards goods from a Baltimore cafe. Instead of socializing in Levering Lounge we will be socializing on our discord server! The sign-ups and full instructions are posted on our Hopkins Groups page (Look under “Events”).

Organizers contact e-mail:

GRO E-Sports League

The GRO is again running an e-sports league for the Spring 2021 semester! For those unfamiliar, e-sports are essentially competitive video games. You’ll sign up, form a team, and compete with other students for fun, glory, and prizes! Last semester, we had over 150 grad students and undergrads compete and awarded over $2000 in prizes. We’re hoping for an even bigger league this time!

Organizer(s) contact: E-Sports coordinator, Vittorio ( E-Sports Assistant Coordinator, Fangchen (

Sign ups:

Catch live matches starting at 8pm ET each day at

Virtual Trivia Night

GRO is hosting weekly trivia every Thursday night (6-8pm EST)! You can sign up by yourself or with a team here. Organizers contact e-mail: