Curiosity and CSC Affiliates: Student Affairs Celebrates its Second Aspirations for Student Learning Celebration

Group photo of the Aspirations for Student Learning awardees and nominators at the celebration.

By: Sierra Romero

On May 4th, students and staff gathered in the glass pavilion to celebrate the second ever Aspirations for Student Learning celebration. Focused on spotlighting five students and two staff members who embody the aspirations curiosity, self-awareness, collaboration, confidence, and responsible leadership in their daily lives.

Student Affairs created these aspirations to name key values fostered at Hopkins by students and staff. Thursday’s celebration highlighted curiosity with Rachelle Hernandez, Vice Provost of Student Affairs, speaking to the importance of curiosity as a facet to grow and learn.

This year’s awardees were:Andion Dizon and Sumayah

Andion Dizon (Student) for Confidence

Nominated by her friend Sumayah Oudda, Andion’s involvement with the CSC’s Tutorial Project has been impressive. Dizon’s ability to advocate for the tutors, elementary children, and families will carry on as she becomes one of next year’s Student Directors of Tutorial.Kya Nicholson and Yasmine Bolden smiling

Kya Nicholson (Student) for Collaboration

Friend and Engaged Scholar intern at the CSC Yasmine Bolden nominated Kya. Nicholson is a collaborator by heart, not only co-founding Rhythm and Bluejays, but also participating as a leader in the CSC’s pre-orientation program, HopkinsCorps.

Shubhan Mathur and Taylor Jones smiling

Shubhan Mathur (Student) for Curiosity

Nominated by Residence Director in the Office of Residential Life Taylor Jones, Shubhan’s innovative strides as a Resident Advisor stood out. Mathur spoke to his goal of learning something new everyday and curiosity being a driving force to achieve his goals.

Camille Shantz (Student) for Self-Awareness

Camille was nominated by RebeccaCamille Shantz (student) smiling Walsh, Program Specialist in the Office of Leadership, Engagement, and Experience Development. Shantz’s focus on self-reflection, ability to know her strengths and weaknesses contributed to her success with HOPthon, a student organization that fundraises for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Emily Javedan (Student) for Responsible Leadership

Emily Emily Javedan smiling with Daniel Pollockwas nominated by Daniel Pollock, Head of the JHU Women’s Tennis Program. Javedan’s leadership on the team and her interest in environmental sustainability made Daniel confident that she will be a leader in any space she goes.

Kate Lynch (Center for Social Concern’s Equity, Design, and Engagement Strategist) for Self-Awareness

Kate wasWhit Johnson, Kelly Milo, and Kate Lynch smiling nominated by CSC Associate Directors Kelly Milo and Whit Johnson. Lynch has done innovative work at the CSC, developing and facilitating two core educational trainings that help Hopkins affiliates engage with Baltimore City in a responsible and ethical manner.

Jarron Jackson (Senior Director of Public Safety) forJarron Jackson smiling Collaboration

Jayson Schablik, Associate Director of Residential Life, presented Jarron’s award. Schablik spoke to Jarron’s constant engagement with various people across campus and his part in the creation of Hopkins’ Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team – a highly collaborative process with other colleagues across the university.

As the celebration came to a close, participants left with the message that these celebrations are a reminder of the strength and character present at JHU.

A special thank you to the thoughtful dedication and planning of Corinne Janet, Lee Hawthorne, Sheri Buttarazzi, Anita Santiful, Mike Scrivener, Koye Berry, and Ashley Joyce. Other thanks you to the committee members Ami Cox, Annie Koogle, Rebekah McMillan, Taylor Jones, Charles Drummond, and Luisa De Guzman for the selection process. A final thanks to Sierra Romero for creating the digital artwork for the awardees.

Nominations for the next Aspirations Celebration will open next semester. In the meantime, learn more about the Aspirations for Student Learning here.

For more photos from the celebration click here.