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February 24, 2024

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COURTESY OF TRACE TERRELL
Terrell shared his aspirations to support mental health through his work in national and global policy.

Humans of Hopkins: Trace Terrell

Trace Terrell is a sophomore studying Public Health and Writing Seminars at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a part of the Hopkins Semester in D.C. (HSDC) program and works with Active Minds, Inc. as a Policy Intern. In an interview with The News-Letter, Terrell discussed his work in youth mental health, his views on the mental support services at Hopkins and his experience in the HSDC program.


COURTESY OF JEREMY CAVANAGH
Students attended the Major Fair on Feb. 16, where they were able to explore a variety of major and minor opportunities at Hopkins.

Inaugural JHU Major Fair introduces students to departments and faculty

The inaugural JHU Major Fair took place on Friday Feb. 16 and was hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) to introduce Hopkins students to various departments and new opportunities. Roughly 300 people attended the fair over the course of the afternoon, and over 40 different majors and minors were represented at the event. Majors spanned departments in both the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) and the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), and ranged from Film and Media Studies to Mechanical Engineering. 


COURTESY OF LEO QI
Ahmed Ragab from the School of Medicine was invited to speak about his research on the queer history of Islam.  

Faculty host seminar on interpretations of gender and sex in Islamic Society

Continuing a series of seminars in the Islamic studies colloquium, the University's Program in Islamic Studies hosted an event titled "Sex, Gender, and Islam," co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies department, on Monday, Feb 19. The event featured Ahmed Ragab, an associate professor at the School of Medicine.



COURTESY OF TRU-UE
Graduate student union leaders gave speeches and organized a picket line for a better a better contract.

Hopkins graduate student union organizes picket protest

The University’s graduate student union Teachers and Researchers United (TRU-UE) hosted a picket protest in front of Homewood Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Members protested for a better contract with the University, with provisions including better compensation and the establishment of a closed union shop.




COURTESY OF NAVEEDA KHAN
Khan shares how her background and experiences have shaped her research interests as an anthropologist.

Humans of Hopkins: Naveeda Khan

Naveeda Khan is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Hopkins. Khan is an anthropologist, author and activist — and photographer in her free time. In an interview with The News-Letter, Khan discussed her journey at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) as well as her experience at the COP28 (Conference of the Parties) United Nations Climate Change Conference.


COURTESY OF NICK DAUM
With the new Hopkins Semester in D.C. program, students are given the opportunity to study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue and are encouraged to pursue independent research.

Hopkins launches Semester in D.C. for the spring semester

The University launched its inaugural Hopkins Semester in D.C. (HSDC) program in the Spring 2024 semester. Enrolled students have the opportunity to take classes at the University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), located at the new Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue (the Hopkins Bloomberg Center) in the nation’s capital.


COURTESY OF NICK DAUM
As of publication, 224 Bloomberg School faculty members have signed onto petition requesting for fair pay.

Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty sends petition to the Office of the Dean

The Coalition for Advocacy for Non-Tenure Track Faculty Equity (CANE) wrote a letter on Jan. 12 calling for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Bloomberg School) Office of the Dean to address the increasing salary inequity between tenure track (TT) and non-tenure track (NTT) faculty salaries. At the time of this article, 224 Bloomberg School faculty members have added their signatures.


COURTESY OF NICK DAUM
Students gathered in the Wyman Park Building to join SNF Agora's workshop on International Democracy.

SNF Agora workshop hosts Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice

The SNF Agora Institute held a community workshop titled “Promoting Inclusive Democracy Amidst Global and Local Challenges” on Feb. 6. The event featured Desirée Cormier Smith, the first Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice for the U.S. Department of State, and Hamse Warfa, a SNF Agora Visiting Fellow and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. Both speakers were appointed in 2022 and continue to work in the Biden administration.


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Senior Class Senator Mufasa Cruz Moreno questioned the continuous expansion of SGA positions.

SGA debates necessity of additional SGA position

The Student Government Association (SGA) reconvened for the third meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The meeting opened with a presentation of Student Affairs at Hopkins, hosted by the University Student Services (USS).



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Students perused over a hundred Hopkins clubs available at the Spring 2024 Student Involvement Fair.

Student Involvement Fair partners with University Experiential Learning for the first time

The Spring 2024 Student Involvement Fair (SIF) took place on Feb. 2 from 2–5 p.m. in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center (Rec Center). There are currently over 400 student-run organizations at Hopkins, many of which were represented at SIF this semester, waving club-themed posters and sign-up sheets for interested students. The fair featured a range of organizations and societies, including sports clubs, dance teams and a capella groups.



COURTESY OF SANDY MONTER-CASIO
Students from all backgrounds and majors find community at HopMUN. 

HopMUN offers students professional and social development

The University’s Model United Nations (UN) team, HopMUN, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to travel across the country to participate in simulated Model UN conferences. The organization aims to develop members' public speaking and writing skills while educating them about public policy and coalition-building.


COURTESY OF SAAD ANSARI
Ansari aspired to be a doctor when he first came to Hopkins but now plans to work as a quant trader.

Humans of Hopkins: Saad Ansari

Saad Ansari is a senior graduating in December 2023 and majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) and Computer Science. In an interview with The News-Letter, Ansari described his upbringing in three different countries, his business and work in developing algorithms to detect cancer and his plans to work as a quant trader next fall.


COURTESY OF ZACHARY BAHAR
Two distinguished Hopkins professors took sides in an academic debate surrounding the conflict between Israel and Hamas. 

Professors of political science discuss Israel-Hamas conflict

Content Warning: The following article includes topics some readers may find triggering, including descriptions of murder and sexual assault. Professor of Political Science Steven David and Aronson Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science Adria Lawrence joined in a conversation regarding the current Israel-Hamas conflict on Thursday, Nov. 30. 


Students held up flyers demanding freedom for Palestine as the fireworks set off at the end of the 2023 Lighting of the Quads.

Silent demonstration in support of Palestinians at the Lighting of the Quads

The 19th annual Lighting of the Quads, organized by the Parents Fund and the Office of Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development, took place Tuesday evening on Dec. 6. This year, students gathered in the back of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library during the lighting of the fireworks in a silent demonstration supporting Palestinians in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Hopkins Justice Collective organized the demonstration.