University Student Leadership & Engagement Opportunities
Johns Hopkins University values the input of students on key issues that impact the University and its student community. In order to most effectively leverage the diverse perspectives, expertise and opinions of students across the institution, student representatives are engaged in the following committees and advisory boards:
The Diversity Leadership Council, established in 1997, identifies faculty, staff, and students to serve on the DLC. Our council advises the president and senior leadership on diversity issues and is charged to:
- Recommend and promote policies, programs and other initiatives that will attract and retain a diverse mix of faculty, staff and students;
- Examine formal and informal structures and processes that inhibit Johns Hopkins from being more inclusive and recommend changes that foster greater inclusion;
- Promote diversity awareness education across Johns Hopkins;
- Foster partnerships with Baltimore community leaders to encourage greater community involvement by various divisions of Johns Hopkins Institutions.
The DLC meets once a month. Membership, which is for one- to three-year terms, requires a commitment to working with fellow DLC members and stakeholders across Johns Hopkins.
Joining the DLC is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in advancing diversity and inclusion at Hopkins. DLC members are expected to:
- Attend 75% of meetings and events scheduled every month for two hours;
- Prepare for meetings by reviewing the agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings;
- Participate in meetings by asking questions, taking responsibility, and following through on assignments
The PhD Education Student Advisory Committee is a new, university-wide committee that is being launched in the fall of 2018. It will be comprised of PhD students from across JHU. The PhD student advisory committee will 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. Issues to be discussed, for example, will include best practices for PhD student mentoring, building professional development opportunities for PhD students, university-wide requirements for the PhD, and ways to further foster an inclusive climate.
The PhD student advisory board will be a complement to the University-Wide Doctor of Philosophy Board, which also includes three PhD student members. It will allow even more concentrated input from students, however, on matters relevant to PhD education at Johns Hopkins. The PhD student advisory board will have 11 members: two members from each of the four larger PhD granting schools (BSPH, KSAS, SOM, WSE) and one from each of the three smaller PhD granting schools (SAIS, SOE, SON). The Homewood Graduate Representative Organization, BSPH Student Assembly, and School of Medicine Graduate Student Assembly will each be asked to nominate one member for the committee from BSPH, KSAS, SOM, and WSE. The other member from each of those schools will be selected from self-nominations, as will the member from SAIS, SOE, and SON. The committee will meet approximately every 6-8 weeks for 1.5 hours. Remote participation in the meetings is possible for those who are not easily able to join in person, although in-person participation may be desirable.
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 health care benefits for Johns Hopkins University graduate students and postdocs. There are 7 student and postdoc representatives on PATH, reflecting our diverse student body and the variety of Hopkins schools. Dr. Stephen Gange, Executive Vice Provost and Professor, chairs the committee, which is convened regularly throughout the academic year.
Our responsibility as a university community is twofold: 1) educating members of our community about sexual violence with the intention of preventing sexual violence, and 2) creating structures and systems that support members of our community who are impacted by sexual violence, including survivors of sexual assault. In May 2014, Johns Hopkins University established a university-wide Sexual Violence Advisory Committee as part of our ongoing commitment to address issues related to sexual violence. With these objectives at the forefront, the SVAC has been charged with examining our current efforts in these two areas and providing guidance on new initiatives and protocols for implementation at the university. The SVAC is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. This broad representation reflects the importance of the issue and the shared responsibility all members of our community have for preventing and addressing sexual violence.
Please visit the SVAC website to learn more about the committee, its charge, and guiding principles. The SVAC has both undergraduate and graduate student members, chosen from applicants across all the JHU schools. The committee meets approximately 9–10 times annually for one-hour meetings. Remote participation in the meetings is possible for those who are not easily able to join in person.
The Student Advisory Committee for Security advises the Vice President for Security on a range of issues involving safety and security from the student perspective. The board is comprised of student representatives from across Johns Hopkins University campuses and meets monthly with the Vice President for Security and Vice Provost for Student Affairs to provide feedback, share concerns of fellow students, and offer ideas for improving security.
The Advisory Committee is comprised of 15 members, including 10 representatives from designated student groups/organizations and 5 at-large members. The following student groups/organizations will be asked to nominate at least two candidates for designated seats:
- Homewood Student Government Association
- Homewood Graduate Representative Organization
- Bloomberg Student Assembly
- Nursing Student Senate
- Medical Student Senate
- Medicine Graduate Student Association
- SAIS Student Government Association
- Carey Student Advocacy Council
- School of Education Student Body
- Peabody Institute Student Body (undergraduate or graduate)
All interested students and nominees should complete the online application below. The committee membership will be selected by the Vice President of Security in consultation with the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and will be representative of the schools and reflective of the diversity of the graduate and undergraduate student body.