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Hopkins mourns death of Nafiz Zaman

By ISHAN KALBURGE | November 18, 2021



The University is mourning the loss of Nafiz Zaman, who passed away on Monday. Zaman was a junior studying Economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

In an email to the Hopkins community, Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being and Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and Interim Dean of Student Life Alison Avolio explained that Zaman passed away following a long illness.

“Nafiz will long be remembered as a valued and loved member of our Hopkins family,” they wrote. “We will miss the bright light he brought to the lives of those who had the honor to know him.”

Shollenberger and Avolio welcomed friends and those who knew Zaman to remember him at a gathering on Friday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Interfaith Center.

Zaman’s younger brother, Ryan Zaman, set up a GoFundMe page to help the family cover the costs of Zaman’s funeral and burial, sharing a note about Zaman’s character. 

“I want everyone to remember him for how bright of a person he had and how intelligent he was. Even in his worst moments being often hospitalized due to his health condition, he would still focus on the bright spots there were around him, and help us push through them as well,” Ryan Zaman wrote. “He was truly my most important role model and his presence in the house could always be heard even in the dead of nights, and I would do anything for more time with him.” 

Zaman was an active member of the Hopkins community, involved in the Muslim Association, the Bangladeshi American Student Association, South Asian Students at Hopkins, the Undergraduate Debate Council and the Esports Association.

Shollenberger and Avolio noted that students may express their condolences to Zaman’s family by writing an email to the Office of the Dean of Student Life ( with “The Family of Nafiz Zaman” in the subject line.

Shollenberger and Avolio acknowledged the impact of this loss on the student body and provided resources to support students.

“Campus administrators are providing support to his family as they face this unimaginable loss. We also recognize the profound grief of those who knew him during his time at Johns Hopkins,” they wrote. “Please keep them in your thoughts in the difficult days ahead.”

The Counseling Center may be contacted by calling (410) 516-8278 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday. A counselor is also available 24/7 at that same number in emergency situations.

Student Outreach and Support is available for appointments and can be contacted at (410) 516-7857 or at

Religious and Spiritual Life can be reached at (410) 516-1880 or at

A Place to Talk is available for in-person support Sunday through Thursday. Members are available from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Brody Learning Commons 4010 and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in AMR I.

TalkNow is available 24/7 and can be accessed by visiting

Students may contact their resident advisors or residence directors or visit the ResLife Office. Residential Life can be contacted by phone at (410) 516-8283 or by email at

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