Student Groups

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Virtual and in-person volunteering guidance

If your are looking for a student group that is not listed in the staff advisor and student group list below, please contact volunteer@jhu.edu.

View 2021-2022 Staff Advisor, Student Group, CERAC Commissioner List

CERAC Commissioner Office Hours

 

Staff AdvisorStudent Group NameCERAC Commissioner
Annette RamseurAnnette Ramsuer
aramseu1@jhu.edu

United Mission for Relief and Development (formerly United Muslim Relief)

Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu
headshot of Astoria EdwardsAstoria Edwards
aedwar54@jhu.edu

American Red Cross Corps.

Heart and Stroke Awareness at Hopkins

Medical Interpretation and Translation Initiative

Splash at JHU
Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu

Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu

Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu

Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu

headshot of Kelly MiloKelly Milo
kmilo1@jhu.edu
Encore Music Program

JHU Pet and Animal Welfare Club

Visionaries Lions Club
Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu

Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.eduu

Miri Cazes
mcazes1@jhu.edu
headshot of Eli LopatinEli Lopatin
elopati1@jhu.edu

Cooking 4 Love

Hopkins Students Against Homelessness

Jail Tutorial

Remington Outreach

Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment
Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu

Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu

Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu
Kate Lynch headshotKate Lynch
klynch14@jhu.edu
Believe in Art

Musicare

United Against Inequities in Disease
Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu

Sooyeon Park
spark197@jhu.edu

Ujvala Pradeep
upradee1@jhu.edu
headshot of Kelly MiloKelly Milo
kmilo1@jhu.edu
Circle K at Johns Hopkins University

Hopkins Community Connection Student Group

Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program/KDSAP

Stepping Out

Thread
Saisri Gussenhoven
sgussen1@jhu.edu

Saisri Gussenhoven
sgussen1@jhu.edu

Saisri Gussenhoven
sgussen1@jhu.edu

Saisri Gussenhoven
sgussen1@jhu.edu

Saisri Gussenhoven
sgussen1@jhu.edu
headshot of Luisa De GuzmanLuisa De Guzman
ldeguzm1@jhu.edu
Advocates for Baltimore Community (ABC) Health

Food as Medicine

SALUD
Ujvala Pradeep
upradee1@jhu.edu

Ujvala Pradeep
upradee1@jhu.edu

Ujvala Pradeep
upradee1@jhu.edu
headshot of Margaret HartMargaret Hart
mhart21@jhu.edu
Center for Educational Outreach
Whiting School of Engineering

Applying Science with Kids

Charm City Science League

Maryland Science Olympiad at JHU

Ready, Set, Design!
Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu

Not applicable

Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu

Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu
headshot of Misti McKeehenMisti McKeehen
misti@jhu.edu
Alpha Phi Omega

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu

Mikayla Chua
mchua2@jhu.edu
headshot of Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson
wjohnson@jhu.edu
Best Buddies

Hop Outside

Habitat for Humanity at Johns Hopkins University

IDEAL

Real Food at Hopkins

Sharing Languages

Students United for America's Toothfairy
Andrea Guillen
aguille4@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

Ujvala Pradeep
upradee1@jhu.edu

Trinity Flynn
tflynn10@jhu.edu

headshot of Young SongYoung Song
ysong@jhu.edu
Hop Help Tutoring

Project Finish to Start

Special Olympics

YO! Baltimore Tutoring Project

Youth Library Tutorial
Miri Cazes
mcazes1@jhu.edu

Miri Cazes
mcazes1@jhu.edu

Miri Cazes
mcazes1@jhu.edu

Miri Cazes
mcazes1@jhu.edu

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSC strongly encourages virtual community service for the Fall. Should you be approved to serve in person, please make sure to communicate with your community partner ahead of time to fully understand their COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Be advised that your Community Partner may require proof of vaccination and/or a recent negative COVID-19 test as a condition of your in-person service. Per the JHU Updated COVID Safety Protocols, students may not inquire or manage student’s vaccination status. Volunteers should be made aware of the conditions of in-person service and should individually determine if they are able to comply with those requirements.

  • Students that are interested in serving local Baltimore-based organizations or existing partners are encouraged to do so through virtual volunteerism in coordination with that organization’s leadership and expressed needs.
  • Student organizations who plan to serve in person this fall must submit an in-person service request to be reviewed for approval by October 1, 2021.
  • All service projects that are taking place in the community must be reviewed and approved, prior to serving. This form should ONLY be submitted after you have connected with your partner.
  • This form will need to be submitted for EVERY community partner you are working with this fall. (ex: if you are working with 3 different community partners, you must submit this form 3 times).
  • It is required that students uphold the current safety protocols of the university while in the community, including masking and distancing.
  • All CSC students actively working with minors must complete the universitys child safety training annually and criminal screening. See information below about completing the “Child Safety Training, Documentation, and Questions”)

Submit In-Person Service Request

Hopkins engage

  • Student organizations are encouraged to utilize Hopkins Engage and participate in existing initiatives organized by partner organizations rather than creating new initiatives to be conscious of partner capacity and expressed need.
  • Currently, nonprofit organizations are varied in their ability to facilitate volunteer experiences and are navigating their own staffing in light of COVID-19. To be a good partner, we as JHU affiliates, are working to ensure they get the best support that they need at this time.
  • Any student organization participating in volunteerism is asked to track participant service hours through the Hopkins Engage platform. The university is working with partner organizations to post any volunteer opportunities on that platform.

Have questions regarding plans for the 2021-2022 academic year? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu.

If you are unsure about committing to a student group, learn more about the CSC’s other programs.

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2021-2022 CSC Student Organization FAQ

General Questions

My group has been approved for in-person service, can we use Hop Vans or Lyft?

While we continue to follow university COVID-19 guidelines, the CSC strongly encourages virtual community service for the Fall. Student organizations who plan to serve in person this fall, have been reviewed and approved to serve in person, are encouraged to become van certified and reserve a CSC or Hop Van(s). Learn more about the van reservation process on the JHU Transportation website.

In addition, eligible CSC groups who have funding can consider using the Lyft Program. Learn more about the Lyft Program and Lyft Transportation Request process here.

I want to start a new service-oriented student group on campus, but I’m not sure how to start.

The CSC will organize a New Student Group On-Ramp to assist new organizations in the creation of a sustainable organization that will live beyond their time at JHU.

Upon successful completion of this On-Ramp program, prospective student organizations should have full university approval to launch as a recognized student organization in Spring 2022 including access to Hopkins Groups. On Ramp sessions will include the following components:

  • Creation of mission, vision, values
  • When will we know if we’ve succeeded?
  • Executive Board Development
  • Sustainability planning
  • Who do we serve? How will we know if we are successful?
  • Fundraising & Development
  • JHU Document Prep and Approval

We also encourage you to join a current CSC student group or Log into Hopkins Engage to view community identified projects and opportunities. If you are have a project or activity that you are interested in supporting and need funding, please contact volunteer@jhu.edu to speak with a staff member.

Due to COVID-19, our student group cannot serve this semester or year. Will this impact our status and future re-registration?

A student group may choose not to be active during AY21-22 due to current extenuating circumstances. This decision will not impact recognized CSC group status or future re-registration. CERAC may also advise a temporary discontinuation in service if group projects and activities are not viable or in accordance to community partner interest during COVID-19.

 

General Funding Guidelines

What is my student group’s budget for the academic year 2021-2022?

It’s the sole responsibility of students to ensure that expenses are permissible under university guidelines, and that funds are spent within approved budget lines. Contact your CSC staff advisor for assistance if needed. Students should maintain a monthly record of expenditures to facilitate monthly comparison/reconciliation of group financial reports, and report any discrepancies to CSC staff advisor.

Student group leaders should be familiar with their group account number (Funded Program/Internal Order (Budget Number)/Cost Center number). Internal Order/Budget Numbers are the most important number as this is where all group balances and expenditures will remain. All budget and fund numbers are required to facilitate certain transactions. To access the group’s account number on Hopkins Groups, go to the money tab of the student group’s dashboard in Hopkins Groups. Account balances are visible as well.

How do I request additional funding for my group?

This academic year student groups were awarded an annual allocation. Any groups that needs additional funding to complete a virtual or in-person service activity should apply for a Service Grant until (DATE TBD) for the fall semester. A group who is serving in-person should only apply for a grant if their community partner has been approved.

Funding requests are limited and will be determined by specific activity or project proposal in consultation with the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission throughout the year and on a rolling basis.

Commissioners will be responsible for (1) supporting student groups, (2) allocating funding, (3) recognizing productive and ethical service. The Commission consists of student commissioners and CSC staff members.

Requests will be evaluated and awarded based on the proposal submitted and community identified need. Funding will not be allocated to student groups, projects, or activities for marketing giveaways, food, travel, or honoraria. To apply for a Service Grant, log into your student organization’s page on Hopkins Groups > click “Money” (left side navigation)> Budgeting > Create Budget Request > MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

How to make a Grant Request in Hopkins Groups

We encourage you to touch base with your CERAC commissioner to have them review and provide feedback on the grant prior to it’s submission . This process could take approximately 10-14 days, so please plan accordingly.

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What’s the fundraising policy? Can our student group fundraise?

Center for Social Concern student groups may hold fundraising campaigns to benefit nonprofit organizations but encourage our student groups to consider whether alternative methods of serving a community partner might be more beneficial.

Approval Process

  1. The charity/organization must be approved by the CSC before proceeding with the fundraiser. We are unable to donate to international organizations unless they have a domestic partner who can receive the donation.
  2. Paperwork to get the charity/organization into the JHU vendor system (for payment purposes) must be completed before the event/fundraiser.
  3. Alternatively, we strongly encourage you to work with your community partner and the Center for Social Concern to leverage Hopkins Engage
    and affiliate with the CSC and your student group. Fundraising can be done directly through their organization’s GivePulse page.

What do we do with our money?

All fundraiser cash and checks will need to be coordinated with and taken to the Center for Social Concern for deposit within 3-5 business days. As a reminder, student groups are not allowed to use Venmo, PayPal, Kickstarter, or similar platforms to conduct group business, including collecting donations for fundraisers. Please contact your CERAC Commissioner prior to fundraising money to ensure we can receive deposit funds in a timely matter.

What is the reimbursement and purchasing policy?

The University also supports the engagement of Local, Small, Minority, Women-Owned, HUBZone, and Veteran-Owned Businesses/vendors. These actions are an appropriate extension of the University’s fundamental policy of Equal Opportunity. The list of Local, Small, Minority, Women-Owned, HUBZone, and Veteran-Owned Businesses can be found here. The System enables department staff to purchase products directly on behalf of student organizations and charge group accounts. We believe that students should not have to incur a financial burden to participate fully in their organization and, therefore, should not pay out of pocket. The CSC will NOT BE reimbursing students as ALL purchases need to be made through the CSC. Groups are required to plan in advance to purchase supplies and goods.

All purchase requests should be submitted via email to their CSC staff advisor.

In order for purchases to be approved, student groups must:

  • have had their community partner approved if service is in-person.
  • have a budget and ample funding to cover their expenses (all student groups budgets are visible in Hopkins Groups and students are responsible to track their expenses and not exceed their budget).
  • must be made in advance (14 business days)
  • Email their staff advisor with the following:
    • Weblink(s) (most Amazon deliveries can arrive within 2 business days)
    • Item(s)
    • Cost
    • Quantity

Approved purchases will be made and delivered to the Center for Social Concern (3103 N. Charles St.) and can be picked up Monday – Friday (8:30am-5pm). Students will be notified by email and if items are not picked up within 5 business days, they will be returned to the vendor and budgets will be charged.

Child safety training, documentation, and questions

Center for Social Concern (CSC) Programs and Student Organizations working with minors must adhere to JHU’s Safety of Children in University Programs Policy.

All CSC students actively working with minors must complete the university’s child safety training annually and criminal screening.

Our student group will be working with minors. Is there anything we need to do?

Students who are virtually working with minors and/or serving in person, need to complete training, documentation, and follow the steps below.

Training & Criminal Screening Request

  1. To access the Mylearning training, do the following:
  2. Login to my.jh.edu
  3. Select “Education” on the left-hand navigation bar, select Mylearning
  4. Search for “Training on the Safety of Children in University Programs”
  5. After completing the training, save the certificate
  6. To submit the completion certificate (current academic year), complete the survey on Hopkins Engage and upload your certificate of completion.
    • Before completing the survey, you will need to know the following:
      • Name of CSC Program or Student Organization
      • Name of your Community Partner
      • If you will be serving minors virtually or in-person
  7. The CSC will review and provide the next steps for completing a background check or fingerprinting request. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with volunteer@jhu.edu.
  8. Once the criminal screen is complete, the survey status in Hopkins Engage will be updated “Approved.”
    • CSC staff and student leaders will see the AY22 work w/minors tags in Hopkins Engage under user management. Read the FAQ below about Hopkins Engage Tags: Approved to work with minors .

My community partner requires criminal screening, what do I do?

If you are not working minors but require a criminal screening per community partner request, do the following:

  1. Complete the survey on Hopkins Engage.
    • Before completing the survey, you will need to know the following:
      • Name of CSC Program or Student Organization
      • Name of your Community Partner
  2. The CSC will review and provide the next steps for completing a background check or fingerprinting request. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with volunteer@jhu.edu.
  3. Once the criminal screen is complete, the survey status will be updated “Approved.”
    • CSC staff and student leaders will see the AY22 work w/minors tags in Hopkins Engage under user management. Read the FAQ below about Hopkins Engage Tags: Approved to work with minors .

I am a student leader, how do I verify which members have completed their child safety training and completed their background checks/fingerprinting?

Student leaders identified in Hopkins Engage CSC Student Organizations have administrative access to view their members’ tags and see their status. If you have questions about this process, contact your CERAC Commissioner or attend Hopkins Engage Open Office Hours on Tuesdays (1-2pm EST). An explanation of Hopkins Engage tags are below.

AY22 Work w/Minors

The “AY22 Work w/Minors” is a tag used in Hopkins Engage for the CSC Program and Student Organization participants/members. This tag indicates that the student has completed requirements per the JHU Policy and necessary criminal screening completed by a community partner and cleared to work with minors during the AY22.

AY22 Work w/Minors (Fingerprinting)

The “AY22 Work w/Minors (Fingerprinting)” is a tag used in Hopkins Engage for the Center for Social Concern Program and Student Organization participants/members. This tag indicates that the student has completed requirements per the JHU Policy and necessary criminal screening completed by the CSC and can work with minors during the AY22.

AY22 Work w/Minors (Background Check)

The “AY22 Work w/Minors (Background Check)” is a tag used in Hopkins Engage for the Center for Social Concern Program and Student Organization participants/members. This tag indicates that the student has completed requirements per the JHU Policy and necessary criminal screening completed by the CSC and can work with minors during the AY22.

I belong to multiple student organizations. Do I need to complete child safety training and a Hopkins Engage Survey for each organization I’m working with?

Child Safety Training

No, you only need to complete your training and background checks/fingerprinting one time per year. Also, in Hopkins Engage, you will see this completion in your MyActivity> Surveys > Status = Complete

Hopkins Engage

Yes, you should complete the survey on Hopkins Engage for every organization you are working with minors and upload your Child Safety Training certificate of completion.

What is the JHU suspected abuse or neglect of a child policy?

Those students who are working with children under 18 years of age are required to complete JHU’s online child safety training prior to service. The training discusses your responsibilities of working with children. It will also provide best practices when working with children, describe the different types of child abuse, and JHU’s process of reporting suspected abuse or neglect of a child. This training is completed in Path Training. See FAQ above for additional information to access the training.

Reporting Process

If you need to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child, you need to report it internally to the Office of the General Counsel and externally to Baltimore Child Protective Services within 48 hours of the incident. The Center for Social Concern can assist you with this process. For your reference, both offices contact information is listed below.

Office of the General Counsel
3400 N. Charles Street
Garland 113
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
Phone: (410) 516-8128
generalcounsel@jhu.edu

Baltimore Child Protective Services
1525 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 361-2235 (24 hours)
Fax: (443) 423-7003 or 443-423-7002
After hours fax: (443) 423-5950

Background Check Requirement Questions

How long are my background checks good for and who processes them?

All background checks completed by the CSC will be useful for five years. JHU Partners with Universal Background Screening, Inc., you will receive an email from eforms@universalbackground.com. Please click the link they provide and complete all required questions as soon as possible.

Is there a cost for background checks?

No, the CSC will be covering the expense of background cost fees for CSC student organizations.

I belong to multiple student organizations. Do I need to have a background check completed for each organization?

No, all background checks completed will be good for five years. However, you will need to complete (MyLearning) Training on the Safety of Children in University Programs every year.

Our community partner wants volunteers to be fingerprinted for service this year. What do our members need to do?

Email volunteer@jhu.edu and provide contact information of the community partner and description of service being provided this academic year. Please copy your CERAC Commissioner on this communication. The CSC will work with the community partner regarding JHU policies.