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September 20, 2021

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Students call for more direct communication from the Office of Financial Aid given the economic stress of the pandemic. 

Students call for greater communication from Financial Aid during pandemic

When University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that the semester would be entirely remote in his August 6 email, he noted that tuition would be reduced by 10 percent and that the Office of Financial Aid was allocating $15 million in additional assistance money. Heading into the fall semester, students who requested additional aid are ultimately pleased with their grants, but feel that they lacked support throughout the process. 

This year's virtual Student Involvement Fair featured over 300 clubs and organizations.

Student Involvement Fair successfully goes virtual

Thousands of students participated in the University’s first-ever virtual Student Involvement Fair (SIF) from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5. Through the event, interested students talked to representatives from over 300 student organizations through Zoom and chat messages.

The Life Design Lab aims to offer advice to freshmen to guide them on choosing the best-suited clubs and getting involved with University life. 

Life Design Lab hosts webinar to guide freshmen

The Life Design Lab held a webinar titled “Finding the Right Fit: Navigating your Interests and Co-Curricular Experience at Hopkins” on Sept. 2. Hope Burke, the assistant director of Life Design, hosted the event on Zoom to help students reflect on their goals for college and plan out what student organizations to join. 

The sun sets over the Homewood Museum, the former home of slave-owners. 

Students demand more from University's antiracist measures

Two months ago, University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar sent an email to the Hopkins community on July 8 detailing the creation of a 2020 Task Force to review the 2016 Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion (Roadmap). On Sept. 3, the University sent out a follow-up email to the Hopkins community with an update on the Roadmap 2020 Task Force and Progress Report. 

On Tuesday, SGA members discussed a new website with a compiled list of University resources for survivors of sexual assault and misconduct.

SGA holds its first virtual meeting of the year

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its first meeting of the school year on Sept. 1 via Zoom. Before the meeting, SGA discussed feedback from students, including mishandled belongings that were stored by the University over the summer, as well as coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity.

The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs features a wide range of guests, including political economist Giovanna Maria Dora Dore, pictured here with co-founders Franz Osilia and Megan Rutkai.

Student-run foreign affairs podcast continues to grow

When students Franz Osilia, Megan Rutkai and Zach Wheeler founded the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA), they had no experience in podcasting. Today, POFA has released over 40 episodes, covering geopolitical trends and crises from every continent.


Many students are returning to Baltimore to live in off-campus homes because they signed leases prior to Hopkins announcing online-only learning. 

Students return to Baltimore despite University urgings

By the time University announced its decision on August 6 to conduct the fall semester fully online, many students had already signed their leases and made plans to return to campus. While some scrambled to sublet their apartments and cancel their travel arrangements, others decided to return to Baltimore despite the University urging students to stay home.

Hopkins affiliates who are on campus are required to use the Prodensity app to complete daily COVID-19 health checks. 

University and students aim to ensure community's health

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being Kevin Shollenberger announced in an email on August 26 that they will be distributing Wellness Kits to students residing in Charles Village. The Wellness Kits will be available at the Barnes & Noble on St. Paul Street from August 31 to Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

On August 31, the University will launch a virtual dashboard with specific information about Hopkins-related COVID-19 cases.

Small cluster of students test positive for COVID-19

In an email to undergraduate students and their families on August 23, University leaders disclosed that a small cluster of students living in off-campus housing in Charles Village had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning to Baltimore. 

Students who previously resided in on-campus housing have reported that their belongings that were left in their dorms last spring are either missing, stolen, broken or are a challenge to pick up without car access.

Students report professional movers mishandled their belongings

Last March, as the University shut down due to coronavirus (COVID-19), many students left campus housing with most of their belongings still in their dorms. To temporarily house healthcare workers responding to the pandemic, the University announced that it hired outside “professional movers” to pack student belongings in select dorms.

Held in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the march aimed to center the experiences of East Baltimore residents.

Coalition calls for end to private police force

The Coalition Against Policing by Hopkins (CAPH), consisting of about a dozen student and community groups, marched in East Baltimore on August 15 to demand the termination of the University’s plans to implement a private police force. 

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