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We continue to work to create an environment in which all members of the JHSON community feel welcomed and supported and that those with differing perspectives and contributions are not only sought out but know that they are equally valued.

Affinity groups

DEI doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Through the efforts of Student Affairs, JHSON supports a number of student organizations where students can get involved, share diverse views, and work together to solve today’s culture and health care challenges.

  • Asian Pacific American Nursing Students Association
  • Black Student Nurses Association
  • Fellowship of Christian Nurses
  • Gertrude Stein Society
  • Islamic Awareness
  • Jewish Nursing Student Association
  • LatinX Advocacy
  • Men in Nursing
  • Student Senate

Students can also get involved in health care efforts within the Baltimore community while earning service-learning credit and connecting with fellow students from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health through SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center). SOURCE works with a network of over 100 community-based organizations that provide opportunities for collaboration with people who are ethnically, racially, socioeconomically, etc. different from them.

Faculty, staff, and students may also bring their diverse perspectives to healthcare interest groups including:

  • Community Health Interest Group
  • Critical Care Interest Group
  • Disaster Nursing Interest Group
  • Geriatric Interest Group
  • Global Health Interest Group
  • Integrative Health Interest Group
  • Palliative Care Interest Group
  • Pediatric Health Interest Group
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Interest Group

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award Recipients

Sandra Panchalingham Research Program Manager Sandra Panchalingham says after work, she switches into volunteer mode. For her selfless acts, Dr. Panchalingham was recognized as a 2020 MLK Jr. Community Award recipient along with seven other JHU and Johns Hopkins Health System employees.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Panchalingham has volunteered with area nonprofit organizations, including Adopt-A-Block which restores neighborhoods in Baltimore City and The Hiding Place residential facility assisting young women facing crisis pregnancy, domestic abuse, substance abuse or homelessness.

“I’ve always thought to myself, ‘What if I didn’t have a pair of shoes or food to eat?’ So when I see an opportunity to help people, I just jump in and do it.”

JHSON Events

Conversations and Tea
To build trust and a climate to bring all members of the community together, Conversations and Tea was developed to provide a place where faculty, staff, and students could come to talk about important questions, in an open forum, related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a more relaxed and safe environment. Similar events have also been coordinated for JHSON alumni.

Diversity Dimensions
Focused on JHSON’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, each month the Diversity Dimensions virtual series highlights a different focus on the diverse and unique population of our students and applicants and the potential impact on the nursing profession.

Faculty and Staff Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Retreat
More inclusive climates can be created by providing faculty and staff allies with educational opportunities designed to enhance their skills in addressing diversity issues within their respective areas. JHSON conducts a DEI retreat each year, inviting internal and external DEI experts and advocates to provide an open dialogue for faculty and staff.

Men in Nursing Leadership Series
The active Men in Nursing student group organizes events regularly, including the Men in Nursing Leadership Series which has previously featured ANA President Ernest Grant and Johns Hopkins Health System President and Johns Hopkins Medicine Executive Vice President Kevin Sowers.

Safe Zone Training
Since 2013, more than 2,500 members of the Johns Hopkins community have participated in Safe Zone training. Safe Zone training is a collaborative effort engaging students, faculty, and staff across the university to become better allies for the LGBTQI community.

Social Justice Series
Twice a year, JHSON Student Affairs, LGBTQ Life, and SOURCE collaborate for a three-art workshop series that looks at privilege, health disparities in the LGBTQ community, and how collaboration around shared values can impact engagement in our diverse world.

University-wide Events and Initiatives

Black History Month Activities
Diversity Innovation Grants
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


See Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events happening at JHSON



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