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A Roadmap to Diversity

news-diversity-235x195In an effort to address race, diversity, and equity across Johns Hopkins, President Ronald J. Daniels issued a comprehensive report in February called the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Daniels encouraged faculty, staff, and students to review the roadmap and provide feedback. A final version is expected to be published in the coming year.

“Diversity of thought, people, and experiences is central to the excellence of our work, and to our education, research, and service missions,” says Daniels.

The roadmap targets four major goals: achieving greater diversity of membership in the JHU community; improving opportunity for JHU community members of all backgrounds; enabling robust engagement with diverse viewpoints; and fostering a climate of respect.

Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, says the Homewood schools (Krieger and the Whiting School of Engineering) fully embrace the goals of the roadmap. In February, the two schools jointly hired an assistant dean for diversity and inclusion—Darlene Saporu, PhD. Saporu came to Johns Hopkins from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, where she was the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion.

As chief diversity officer for the two schools, Saporu will assist with the academic community’s activities on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will support efforts to recruit, identify, and retain faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.