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:

Available Opportunities

Sexual Violence Advisory Committee

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.

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BA/BS; Master’s degree; MD; MBA; Doctoral degree, etc.
First-year undergraduate, second-year undergraduate, second-year PhD student, etc.

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Diversity Leadership Council

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

Hopkins Student Center Advisory Committee

The Hopkins Student Center Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives from across the University. Eight seats on the committee are reserved for students; two of these 8 spots are reserved for members of Homewood student government (1 SGA, 1 GRO). Undergraduate and graduate students from any Hopkins school are encouraged to apply. Students selected to serve on the committee will play a key role in development and implementation of a broad student engagement strategy. Students must be enrolled during the 2019-20 academic year as well as have availability for consultation during the summer months to be eligible to serve on the advisory committee. Please visit the Hopkins Student Center page for more information.

Hopkins Votes Advisory Committee

Join an advisory council of key university leaders to ensure broad engagement in the ongoing efforts of student registration and ballot access. Participants will review the Hopkins Votes strategy as well as past voting reports, and provide input on additional ways university departments are able to impact the nonpartisan campaign. The council will meet monthly beginning in April 2020–December 2020, with intermitting communication occurring for specific initiatives. Please visit the Hopkins Votes website for more information.

JHU Planning Student Advisory Committee

While JHU students are currently participating on several planning workgroups, this overarching Planning Student Advisory Committee will allow additional students representing all JHU schools to provide input and guidance with the benefit of a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities JHU faces as we develop guidelines for the resumption of Hopkins activities.

For more information on the planning workgroups and the university’s efforts around the resumption of activities, please visit JHU’s COVID-19 information website. Twenty undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to serve on the committee, with representation from all schools. Students currently serving on other planning workgroups are also eligible to serve on this committee. Alanna Shanahan, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and Janet Shreck, Associate Vice Provost for Education, will serve as committee co-chairs.

PhD Education Student Advisory Committee

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.

Police Accountability Board

The Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board, unique both in Maryland and throughout the country, was among the recommendations in the Interim Study on Approaches to Improving Public Safety on and around Johns Hopkins Campuses, and is designed to empower the Johns Hopkins community and its neighbors to help shape the development and operation of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD). While development of the JHPD is still in its early stages, we are seeking to convene the Accountability Board to ensure that your values and input are deeply embedded in the department from its inception.

By law, the Accountability Board is charged with advising the university in its ongoing efforts to:

  • Sharing community concerns regarding the JHPD directly with JHPD leadership;
  • Reviewing university police department metrics involving crime;
  • Providing feedback on existing JHPD policies and practices, including standards for hiring and recruitment; and
  • Suggesting ideas for improving JHPD policies, procedures, and performance, including ideas for community-based public safety initiatives.

The Accountability Board will be composed of five community members unaffiliated with the university and 10 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty members, and staff—including at least one member of the Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association—drawn from across the three campuses where the future JHPD will operate. A nominating committee of Baltimore City community members, students, faculty, and staff will review applications and develop a list of recommended nominees. That list will be delivered to university leadership, who will submit final recommendations to the Maryland State Senate for confirmation during the 2020 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly.

Visit the Public Safety Initiatives website to learn more about the Police Accountability Board.

Presidential Management Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins University Presidential Management Fellowship is a highly-selective year-long fellowship for recent and soon-to-be Johns Hopkins graduates interested in learning about the management of a large, complex and dynamic institution and who desire to grow professionally and personally. Fellows will have a front-row seat to learn about decision making at one of the largest employers in the state (and a top ten-ranked U.S. university) and will gain indispensable experience in the management and governance of a worldwide leader in research and education.

A cohort of select recent graduates from among the Johns Hopkins schools will be embedded within University Administration departments and will operate as internal consultants/advisors whose work informs decision-making by senior leadership on a wide range of financial strategy, management strategy, policy and/or other high priority projects. Fellows will provide analytic capacity and project leadership, engage with key stakeholders, and develop and present materials to communicate key findings and recommendations to university leadership. Fellows will also participate in a customized professional development curriculum and attend small group discussion sessions with top university leaders.

Provost’s Advisory Team on Healthcare (PATH) for Graduate Students and Postdocs

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.

SNF Agora Student Engagement Board


The SNF Agora Institute is a multi-disciplinary academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening global democracy by improving and expanding civic engagement and inclusive dialogue, and by supporting inquiry that leads to real-world change. By building integrated partnerships with scholars, practitioners, students, and the public, we use research to identify and sharpen strategic choices that people around the world can make to realize the promise of democracy. We draw our name and inspiration from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the life of the city that became a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.

The SNF Agora Student Engagement Board was founded in fall 2019. Each year, we will select up to 15 Johns Hopkins students to serve on the board. Applications are reviewed and board members are selected in the spring for the following academic year. The board meets once a month throughout the fall and spring semesters. Board members are expected to commit approximately 4 to 5 hours of their time each month. Participation is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Board members will serve a one-year term that will be renewable upon mutual agreement.

The SNF Agora Student Engagement Board

The Student Engagement Board will work with SNF Agora faculty, staff, and leadership both to raise awareness about and participate in the development of our mission and presence on campus and in the broader community. Additionally, in an ongoing capacity, the Student Engagement Board will:

  • Provide insights on ways that SNF Agora can embed/become relevant to the larger student population
  • Serve as SNF Agora ambassadors on campus, including leading efforts to engage relevant student groups, programs, etc.
  • Connect SNF Agora with students for collaborations, outreach, engagement
  • Support efforts to create SNF Agora programming, events, and activities for broader community
  • Provide support for marketing and production of SNF Agora’s events and other activities
  • Engage in select focus groups to provide student perspective on projects (such as the design of the new building with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the development of relevant curricular and extracurricular offerings, specific program efforts, etc.)
  • Have access/opportunity to engage with SNF Agora visitors, faculty, distinguished scholars, and fellows for special events, dinners, etc.
  • Provide mentorship to new members and potential members of the Student Engagement Board
  • Act as SNF Agora student representatives for meetings with faculty, trustees, elected officials, policy makers, and others.

Student Advisory Committee for Security

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. Members serve three-year term limits and must attend at least half of the meetings.

Sustainability Leadership Council

The Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC), established on Earth Day 2019, convenes student, faculty, and staff representatives from across Johns Hopkins’ schools and divisions to advise the university’s leadership on a wide range of issues surrounding sustainability and climate change. SLC representatives work to recommend and promote policies, programs and other initiatives that build a greater role for the Johns Hopkins in sustainability teaching, leadership, research, and practice, both locally and globally.

The SLC is comprised of four subcommittees: Academic, Engagement, Operations, and Research. The focus of each subcommittee can be found below:

  • Academic Subcommittee: includes representatives of every department and academic program concerned with environmental sustainability to provide diverse insight into current academic offerings available to students, in addition to facilitating collaboration between programs.
  • Engagement Subcommittee: works to identify programs and strategies that foster sustainable behavior change among individuals at JHU, enhance sustainability literacy throughout the university, and strengthen strategic communications solutions to improve information sharing.
  • Operations Subcommittee: seeks to address opportunities for improving the daily operational and business practices of Johns Hopkins across all areas of its environmental footprint, including energy, waste, food, water, transportation, wellness, procurement, and more.
  • Research Subcommittee: promotes coordination and communication between different research groups working on environmental sustainability, in addition to identifying opportunities for new funding and projects involving multiple university divisions that strengthen sustainability research.

Student SLC members are invited to serve a one-year term and are expected to attend monthly subcommittee meetings, a general body meeting in the fall semester, and an annual symposium in the spring. Students who wish to remain on the council past their initial one-year term must submit their intention to return to by the nomination deadline. Continuing membership will be decided based on the student’s proven ability to meet participation expectations and serve as an ambassador to the broader student body.