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December 9, 2022

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COURTESY OF STEVEN DAVID
David advised students to explore unique opportunities that can help them meet new and interesting people. 

Humans of Hopkins: Steven David

Steven David is a tenured professor of International Relations at Hopkins. During his 40 years at the University, he has taught classes on nuclear weapons and political violence as well as on peace and war. He is currently writing two books, the first focused on Sino-American competition in developing countries and the second on threats to Israel's existence. In an interview with The News-Letter, David discussed his journey into academia, his current projects and advice for students. 


Students highlight that the final draft of the MOU is not representative of the concerns shared by the Hopkins and Baltimore communities.

University releases final draft of MOU for the JHPD

Vice President for Public Safety Branville Bard sent an email to the Hopkins community on Dec. 2 announcing the final draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the University for the implementation of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD).


COURTESY OF JOHNS HOPKINS OUTDOORS CLUB
Members of the club emphasized that JHOC not only provides them with a break from the study culture of Hopkins but is also an exciting way to connect with the environment. 

JHOC resumes in person trips for interested Hopkins students

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this past year, the Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC) resumed normal activities after a pause during the pandemic. JHOC returned to hosting a variety of outdoor trips every weekend for any interested Hopkins students to join. These activities include hiking, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, climbing and backpacking.


COURTESY OF HELEN LACEY
Students convened to discuss the JHPD’s implementation.

IDEAL hosts student-led discussion about the JHPD

The University’s IDEAL chapter hosted a discussion titled “The Johns Hopkins Police Department: It’s Approval and Consequences” on Nov 30. The seminar provided students with the opportunity to address their concerns about the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) and public safety with fellow students.




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.


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