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August 1, 2021

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The University expects that the Innovation Fund for Community Safety grantees will serve about 16,000 Baltimore residents.  

Hopkins awards funds to alternative community safety programs

A year after the University paused efforts to create the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD), it announced the nine winners of its $6 million Innovation Fund for Community Safety. According to the University, the purpose of the fund is to bolster community programs aimed at reducing violent crime. 


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Individuals who upload proof of vaccination will no longer be required to wear masks in indoor spaces on campus. 

University announces relaxation of mask mandate

University administrators announced updates to its fall health guidelines in an email broadcast yesterday. In line with changes to the citywide mask mandate, individuals who upload proof of vaccination will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors and may also eat and drink without social distancing. Testing for vaccinated individuals will be required only once a week.  


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The University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend University President Ronald J. Daniels’ term by five years. 

President Ronald J. Daniels' appointment is extended through 2029

Lou Forster, the chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, announced a five-year extension of University President Ronald J. Daniels’ term in an email to University affiliates on Monday. His term will now extend through the year 2029. This extension will make Daniels the second longest-serving president in the University’s history at the end of his term.


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Several researchers have taken issue with the University's assertion that Johns Hopkins owned enslaved people. 

New research challenges University namesake's ties to slavery

The University announced in December the discovery of evidence suggesting that Johns Hopkins, long regarded as a staunch abolitionist, owned enslaved people. Research conducted by Professor of History Martha S. Jones under Hopkins Retrospective, a program launched in 2013 to investigate the history of the University, contended that, according to census documents, Hopkins had enslaved one person in 1840 and four people in 1850. 



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Students had mixed reactions to Baltimore city lifting its mask mandate.

Baltimore to lift citywide mask mandate

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced on June 16 that the citywide mask mandate and state of emergency will be lifted as of July 1. Scott noted that businesses and workplaces will be allowed to continue their own mask mandates. These new mask guidelines came the day after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan did the same for the state. 



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Vice Provost of Student Affairs Alanna W. Shanahan worked to craft the University's COVID-19 guidelines.

Alanna W. Shanahan looks back at her time as vice provost

The University announced on June 2 that Alanna W. Shanahan will be stepping down as the vice provost for student affairs on July 9 to work for her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, as the athletics director. Kevin Shollenberger, the current vice provost of student health and well-being, will serve as interim provost.




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The initiative will pair behavioral health clinicians with trained campus security officers when responding to mental health crises. 

University launches Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team

Hopkins announced the creation of the Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (JHU BHCST) to respond to behavioral and mental health crises on and around the Homewood campus on May 18. In an email to constituents, administrators promoted the initiative as part of the University’s commitment to reimagining public safety. 


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COVID-19 testing is no longer required for undergraduates living off-campus. 

University announces summer health guidelines

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Jane Schlegel announced that the University will be offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus in an email to the Hopkins community on May 18. Registration is open for the first clinic, which will be held in the Glass Pavillion on Thursday, May 20.


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Viven Thomas, the initiative’s namesake, was a surgical laboratory supervisor at the Hopkins Hospital in the 1940s and developed a cardiac surgery technique to treat “blue baby syndrome.”

University announces Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

In an email to the Hopkins community on May 11, University President Ronald J. Daniels announced the launch of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, a $150 million initiative devoted to expanding and diversifying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) PhD programs. A gift from Hopkins alum Michael Bloomberg provided funding for this initiative. 



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Students attending the protest demanded an immediate end to all University plans to form a private police force.

CAPH organizes walkout against University private policing

The Coalition Against Policing by Hopkins (CAPH) organized a walkout against the University’s proposed private police force on May 3. In 2019, The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill allowing its creation, which Governor Larry Hogan subsequently signed into law. Student opposition culminated in a month-long occupation of Garland Hall, which ultimately ended in the arrest of seven students.


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Students expressed their support for the University’s wage increase but believe that more could be done.

University announces an accelerated minimum wage increase

The University announced that it will adopt a $15 minimum wage, effective July 1, 2021 for the University and January 1, 2022 for the Hopkins Health System, with the timing for some health system workers dependent on the schedule of collective bargaining agreements, in an email to Hopkins affiliates on May 6. 



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The Hopkins administration announced that Charles Commons would be one of three University locations to be renamed.

University announces plans to rename Charles Commons, Undergraduate Teaching Labs and Hopkins Outpatient Center

University leaders announced the creation of the Diverse Names and Narratives Project in an email to the student body on April 30. The task force aims to uplift the work of underrepresented individuals by making recommendations for renaming Charles Commons, the Undergraduate Teaching Labs and the Hopkins Outpatient Center buildings. The project is part of the University’s efforts to improve diversity and inclusion on campus. 


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Daniels believes that vaccine supply will allow for the University to set up vaccination clinics on the Homewood Campus. 

Daniels speaks to student life post-pandemic

In an interview with The News-Letter on April 28, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed the University's plans to vaccinate its constituents, the Innovation Fund for Community Safety, efforts to increase sustainability at the University and the announcement that the Class of 2026 will not be able to choose their own roommates. 


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