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December 5, 2022

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COURTESY OF JIAYI LI
Flyers were posted around campus to inform the Hopkins community about the Urumqi fire and the protests in China. 

Students hold vigil for victims of Urumqi fire to show solidarity with protesters in China

Hopkins affiliates and community members gathered outside Brody Learning Commons on Nov. 28 to hold a candlelight vigil for victims of the Urumqi fire in Xinjiang, China.  Distributed leaflets described the fire as one of the many tragedies resulting from the Chinese government’s COVID-19 policy. Due to lockdown-related blockages, the fire department was unable to reach the building in time.



COURTESY OF ROBBIE SHILLIAM 
Shilliam hopes to educate on the significance of Rastafari movement.

Humans of Hopkins: Robbie Shilliam

Robbie Shilliam is an International Relations professor at the University who studies racism in politics and the legacies of Anglo empires. In an interview with The News-Letter, he discussed how he arrived into the world of political science and his contributions to the field.



COURTESY OF QINGXI WANG
Necefer aims to work with renowned activists to protect outdoor recreation and Indigenous people.

Len Necefer recounts his climate advocacy at final MSE Symposium

In the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium’s final event on Nov. 16, Len Necefer discussed his current efforts to advocate for the protection of land and the cultural empowerment of Indigeneous people. Necefer, a member of the Navajo Nation, is a climate activist, former University of Arizona Public Policy professor and the CEO and founder of NativesOutdoors. 




COURTESY OF YANA MULANI
SGA members recognized the importance of providing funding to cultural events.

SGA passes African Fashion Show Funding Bill

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting (GBM) on Nov. 15 to discuss the Beta X SGA Reindeer Games Bill, the SGA Communications and Marketing Commission (CMC) Funding Bill and the African Fashion Show Funding Bill.


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Survey results indicated that the majority of students felt unsafe at nearby off-campus locations.

SGA releases Public Safety Survey results

The Student Government Association (SGA) published the results of a survey they conducted to assess student opinions of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) and public safety in an Instagram post on Nov. 11. A detailed report of the results was also emailed to the student body on Nov. 14.




Lack of progress on Name Review Board renaming efforts raises concerns

The Name Review Board (NRB) was established to decide whether to rename or de-name Hopkins facilities, professorships, scholarships and other programs in October 2021. This establishment came at the guidance of the Committee to Establish Principles on Naming (CEPN), which developed substantive criteria to guide the name review process.


COURTESY OF VICTORIA HARMS
Harms took her students to the Maryland Center for History and Culture as part of initiatives to include the greater Baltimore community in her classroom.

Humans of Hopkins: Victoria Harms

Victoria Harms is currently the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visiting Professor in the Department of History and has recently been offered a five-year appointment as a senior lecturer at the University.


COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
Yovanovitch encouraged prospective ambassadors to view the work as setting up future generations.

Former Ambassador to Ukraine addresses political career and Russian invasion

Former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch shared insider perspectives on diplomacy and the current war in Ukraine at the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium’s 2022 series “The Road Ahead” on Nov. 9. Over her 33-year career in foreign service, Yovanovitch served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, the Republic of Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic. 


COURTESY OF PAIGE MAULTSBY
Union leaders expressed concerns about employees being rushed into agreeing with the University’s proposed contract.

Hopkins Dining union hosts forum to discuss negotiations with the University

The Hopkins Dining union, represented by UNITE HERE Local 7, held a forum for students and dining workers on their ongoing negotiations with the University in the Homewood Friends Meeting space on Nov. 9. The forum followed a picket line demonstration on Nov. 2 and a meeting with the University on Nov. 4, during which they failed to reach a consensus on job security.


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Event organizers demanded the University to end APL’s contract with the U.S. military. 

Teach-in addresses University's complicity in war and climate disaster

The JHU Dissenters and Refuel Our Future co-hosted a teach-in at Keyser Quad on Nov. 9 to educate attendees about the University’s involvement in war and climate change.  Hopkins students gave speeches about issues related to the Applied Physics Lab (APL), the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD), fossil fuel investments, the University’s collaboration with the Space Force and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).




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