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Provost Sunil Kumar informed the Hopkins community in an email sent on Friday, Dec. 14 that the University is drafting a policy regarding personal relationships, particularly between students and professors. The Draft Personal Relationships Policy defines personal relationships as dating, romantic and sexual relationships. The University is currently soliciting feedback on the draft.
The Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Financial Services announced a new compensation plan for Residential Advisors (RA) in response to concerns that RAs are not paid equitably. The plan, which was announced on Thursday, will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year. RAs will be considered student employees and receive a yearly $5,100 stipend. In addition, their housing will now be considered non-taxable income, and therefore it will not affect financial aid.
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) announced on Wednesday that an issue with its website had mistakenly blocked it from receiving 18 reports of sexual misconduct, which took place between January 2016 and October 2018.
Protesters march from MSE library to Garland Hall.
Around 100 students, faculty and community members gathered outside of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) on Thursday to demand that the University reform how the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) handles cases of sexual violence. Demonstrators also called on administrators to take action against Anthropology Professor Juan Obarrio, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a visiting graduate student in May.
Activist and historian Barbara Ransby discussed her upcoming book, Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century, which examines the future of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, on Wednesday at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
Five panelists discussed ways to help end violence in Baltimore this Wednesday in the final event of the University-led discussion series on policing. The event aimed to approach the issue of crime in Baltimore from a public health perspective and to focus on the University’s relationship with the city.
The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed the Title IX Policy Resolution, calling for the University to reform the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), at their weekly meeting on Tuesday.
The student-run organization, TEDxJHU, held its annual fall salon event on Wednesday. The event, titled “Postscript” featured three student speakers.
The School of Medicine hosted Dr. Deidra Crews, recipient of the President’s Frontier Award, who discussed her research on kidney disease on Monday. Crews is an associate professor of Medicine and serves as the associate vice chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine.
A year long investigation by the Tampa Bay Times found that one in 10 patients died at the All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. last year, which was taken over by the Hopkins Hospital six years earlier.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Monday, University President Ronald J. Daniels shared his perspective on a variety of issues, including the ongoing discussion about the University’s proposed private police force and resources for low-income students in light of Michael Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion donation. He also discussed graduate students’ concerns about their working conditions, the state of mental health at Hopkins and how he decides when to publicly take a stance on national issues.
Senior Alaleh Azhir was named a Rhodes Scholar in November, becoming one of 32 American students to receive the prestigious international postgraduate award.
Nurses from the Hopkins Hospital and National Nurses United (NNU), a union of registered nurses, joined local politicians and community members for a town hall event on Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Nurses from the Hospital gave a presentation called “Reputation vs. Reality,” arguing that the institution does not live up to its worldwide reputation.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted its first annual Cultural Festival on Saturday. The event featured numerous student groups and offered food, games, music and a glimpse into diverse cultures.
A Place to Talk (APTT), a student-run peer listening service, and the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the “Dimensions of Connection” speaker event in Hodson Hall on Saturday. The event focused on the importance of empathy and human connection in everyday interactions.
The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC), a public health organization, held a workshop on opioid overdoses and Naloxone on Friday. The event took place in the SPARC Women’s Center in Baltimore and was lead by speaker Harriet Smith, the executive director of the BHRC.
George Ciccariello-Maher, a political activist and writer, discussed white supremacy and the American political system in his talk “Discourse in the Trump Age” on Wednesday as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium speaker series. Some consider Ciccariello-Maher to be controversial for his radical views, including a tweet from 2016 which read, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide,” which Ciccariello-Maher has stated was satire.
Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates and CEO of Robin Hood, the largest anti-poverty nonprofit in New York, discussed the human consequences of bad policies on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Parkway Theatre. Moore graduated from Hopkins in 2001, after which he earned his master’s at Oxford University.
In 2016, student and faculty representatives from across the nine schools of Hopkins convened to discuss ways to improve mental health on campus. This spring, the Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-being released a final report, which provided data and recommendations on the climate surrounding mental health at Hopkins.