Student Initiatives

Two JHU Splash student instructors during the event in February 2018.

The 2019-2020 CSC Student Path Training is open. Training must be completed by ALL MEMBERS by October 1, 2019. Learn more about the CSC required trainings.

The Center for Social Concern advises and supports over 50 student initiatives, many of which perform direct service in partnership with community-based organizations across Baltimore City. These groups are entirely student-led and dedicated student leaders invest hundreds of hours annually into ensuring the continued operations and successes of these vital community programs. If joining a student initiative doesn’t fit your schedule this semester, check out other programs that will allow you to engage with Hopkins and Baltimore communities.

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Student Initiatives

The Center for Social Concern’s student initiatives allows for more tailored advising support while meeting the needs of our students and partners. To support this diversified structure of student-led activities, we offer the following two categories of initiatives: 1) Student Groups and 2) Event-Based Service Programs.

Starting a New Student Initiative

Students interested in starting a new initiative may submit a new proposal during the annual proposal period, March 1 through March 15. Read more about starting a new student initiative.

Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission

The Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission strives to increase student input and enhance transparency in the student initiative recognition and funding process. The Commission consists of 7 members: 5 student commissioners and 2 CSC staff members.

Meet the 2018-2019 Commission

View members of the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission below and learn more about about how to join the Commission by viewing our leadership opportunities page.

Gillian Miller ’20

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Gillian is a sophomore from Florida studying Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Visual Arts. She is currently part of Baltimore First, volunteering at St. Francis Neighborhood Center and Club 1111 regularly and serving on the Board of Directors. She also works as a camp counselor for the weekend Respite Camps through The League for People With Disabilities.

Jamie Park ’21

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Jamie is a freshman currently majoring in International Studies and Sociology. She is from Seoul, South Korea, and is involved in JHUMUNC, PCT at JHU, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is excited to work with other commissioners and looks forward to creating a more comfortable and transparent environment for community service at Hopkins.

Naisa Rahman ’20

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Naisa Rahman is a second-year student from Atlanta, GA interested in building political participation and social justice advocacy in immigrant communities. She is currently a board member of the JHU Muslim Student Association and the Homewood Council on Inclusive Excellence and a part of the Baltimore LeaderShape program. She hopes to be able to strengthen the relationship between Johns Hopkins and Baltimore as a member of this Commission and encourage greater solidarity between diverse communities.

Katie Smith ’20

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Katie is a sophomore Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major from Connecticut. She is an AmeriCorps NCCC alum and started her Hopkins career with the HopkinsCORPS pre-orientation program. Since then, she has worked as a facilitator for HopkinsCORPS and the Intersession Alternative Breaks program. Katie is a member of the CSC group Real Food at Hopkins and is on the executive board of the Food Systems Working Group that collaborates with the Dining Department and National Real Food Challenge. She also works for the Dining Department to coordinate procurement shifts to support more just and sustainable food.

Joel Espinoza ’21

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Joel Espinoza is a first-year Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology double major. He is currently a member of Baila!, the Latin dance group on campus, and Adoremus, the Christian A Cappella group. Aside from performing, Joel is the Vice President of Indigenous Students at Hopkins, a member of AIDS Alliance at Johns Hopkins, and works part-time as a teacher’s assistant for Village Learning Place.

What does the Commission do?

The Commission is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and approving new student initiative proposals, ongoing student initiatives, and all funding allocations. They work with CSC staff and student interns to assess the quality of initiative based on the publicized specific criteria and corresponding evaluation rubrics set out for each initiative. These criteria will be assessed through the Commission’s review of written reports (e.g. the current Mid-Year and End-of-Year Reports) and in person evaluations such as presentations by potential new group officers to the Commission. CSC staff and interns will work with the officers of each student initiative to support them through making any needed adjustments and will give them the resources they need to be successful. In cases where an initiative is unable or unwilling to meet minimum standards within a semester of an initial notification, the Commission, in consultation with CSC’s leadership, reserves the right to discontinue a student initiative.

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Funding allocations will be determined by specific student initiative in consultation with the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission throughout the year. Initiatives may apply for multiple grants but must complete separate submissions for each project Student initiatives are eligible to apply for funding at two frequencies.

Annual Allocations (submitted as part of re-registration in March)

  • Transportation to service projects
  • Fees to national organizations
  • Recruitment expenses
  • Anticipated supplies for the upcoming academic year
  • Anticipated service-related expenses (including mandatory trainings, if known)
  • Fingerprinting expenses
  • Food for general body meetings
  • Apparel/imprinted items (request for CSC contribution, design can be approved later)

Supplemental Grants (once a semester)

  • Service Fund – provides supplemental funding for the student initiative’s direct service activities.
  • Professional Development/Travel Fund -supports students traveling to local, regional, or national conferences/trainings to represent their student initiative.
  • Event Fund -Annual Allocation (France Merrick) funds cannot be used for event-related expenses, such as food, venue rental, AV, security, facilities, and related items. These expenses must be deducted from the event’s revenue. Thus, the final donation from the fundraiser will equal the ticket proceeds minus event expenses.Events fall into two categories:
    1. Fundraisers – events whose primary purpose is to raise money for a designated nonprofit organization
    2. Educational/Awareness Events – events whose primary goal is to educate/raise awareness in the Hopkins Community about a social justice issue

Supplemental Grants Program

General Guidelines


This program was a result of student leader feedback which indicated that it was difficult to project group expenses nearly a year in advance. It also provides funding for commonly requested activities not covered by the endowment.

This Supplemental Grants Program is designed to:

  • close the funding gap between spring-awarded funds for service and essential expenses identified between the Annual Allocations period and the following academic year (such as additional supplies and transportation funding);
  • allow student leaders to participate in professional development opportunities not currently able to be funded through the endowment (such as travel to conferences on behalf of the group);
  • and allow student initiatives to hold fundraising events for their community partners and/or to offer on-campus educational or advocacy events to raise awareness of social issues related to their service.

General Guidelines

Funding for supplemental grants is limited and is allocated by members of the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission once per semester. Proposals will be evaluated based on the specified criteria. Late proposals will be considered during the next review period. Initiatives are encouraged to apply early.

Supplemental funding will not be allocated to student initiatives with rosters where less than 90% of the listed members have completed the mandatory annual CSC training.

How to Apply

Proposals will be submitted through the CSC Supplemental Grant form on Hopkins Groups (coming soon). More details about each grant will be available on the form.

The following grants are available:

  1. Service Fund is designed to provide supplemental funding for the student initiative’s direct service activities.
  2. Professional Development/Travel fund is designed to support students traveling to local, regional, or national conferences/trainings to represent their student initiative.
  3. Fund—Expenses (such as food, venue rental, etc.) for fundraisers and educational/awareness events

Important Dates

Important 2019-2020 Dates

More information coming soon.