Numerous focus groups, committees, working groups, and boards exist at JHU. The GRO advocates for a fair representation of graduate students at any of such meetings. Quite a few graduate students are committee members. We are in the process of putting together a list of committees and graduate students who are members. If you are attending committee meetings, please send us an email. Feel free to contact graduate students who are listed here as committee/group members. It is their duty to represent all grads who are part of the GRO.

Doctor of Philosophy Board (DPB):

The Doctor of Philosophy Board advises the Provost about University-wide issues pertaining to the Ph.D. In addition, the Board approves new Ph.D. programs, recommends Ph.D. candidates for conferral to the president, conducts program reviews, and sets guidelines and policies that enhance the experience of all Ph.D. students.

Member: Gabriel Kressin Palacios (

PhD Education Advisory Committee (PAC):

Launched in the fall of 2018, this committee is comprised of PhD students and serves to provide guidance to the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, offering student perspectives on a variety of ongoing initiatives and issues relevant to PhD education at Johns Hopkins, including mentoring practices, professional development initiatives, communications to graduate students, and other policies.

Members: Yu Yang ( and Qiong Cao (

Cross-Institutional Student Advisory Committee (CSAC):

CSAC is a new university wide advisory committee that will serve as a forum for students to discuss academic and co-curricular matters of broad interest to the university and provide advice and counsel about such matters to the university administration. It works to build and achieve consensus and offer input to university leaders through informed, collegial deliberation that draws on diverse student voices, thoughts, and experiences.

Member: Michael Wilkinson (

Homewood Graduate Board (HGB)

The Homewood Graduate Board is responsible for the administration of policies and procedures for the award of Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and for master’s degrees in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Members: Ali Siddiqui ( and Michael Wilkinson (

KSAS Shared Governance Council (SGC):

An advisory body whose purpose is to bring faculty, administration, and students together for the development and review of policies and issues that affect the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences as a whole.

Member: Ali Siddiqui (

Provost’s Advisory Team on Healthcare (PATH):

The Provost’s Advisory Team on Healthcare (PATH) for Graduate Students and Postdocs is a working group of graduate student representatives, faculty members, and administrators that advises the Provost and President on improvements to healthcare benefits for Johns Hopkins University graduate students and postdocs. (Source:

Member: Qiong Cao (

Parental Concerns Working Group:

Caters to the improvement of working and personal conditions, and thereby overall wellness of graduate parents.

Members: Harini Ragu ( and Richa Saboo (

Homewood Council on Inclusive Excellence (HCIE):

The Homewood Council on Inclusive Excellence advises the Homewood deans on matters of diversity, advocates for policies that foster an inclusive climate, identifies current practices that pose barriers to the engagement and success of underrepresented constituents, increases awareness of best practices, and implements innovations that advance our diversity goals outlined in the Roadmap. Additionally, the council collaborates with related committees across the university (i.e., Diversity Leadership Council, Committee on the Status of Women, Student Affairs) to support programming that builds community. (Source:

Member: Richa Saboo (

MSLE Library Renovation Committee:

This committee seeks to work with the MSEL library renovation project team.

Member: Mihir Adhikari (

Hopkins Student Center Advisory Committee:

This committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students who are tasked to offer perspectives on the best and most innovative means through which the student center can advance our campus community foster lifelong school spirit, and help ensure that we thoughtfully identify and include programming in the Hopkins Student Center that reflects our students’ interests and needs. (Source:

Member: None designated yet