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May 6, 2021

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The Inter-Asian Council aims to educate the public on how racism has spread alongside COVID-19.

IAC campaigns against sinophobia during COVID-19

Spreading alongside coronavirus (COVID-19) are incidents of racism and xenophobia primarily targeted at the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. In response, the Inter-Asian Council (IAC) has launched a project titled #RacismIsAVirus to raise awareness of how those in the APIDA community and others have been affected by the racialization of COVID-19. 

New podcast aims to promote community at Hopkins

Freshmen Julia An and Kylie Ning and junior Zach Wheeler recently launched the An Excuse to Talk podcast project on Spotify and iTunes. Each of the two currently available episodes feature short answers by unnamed Hopkins students to open-ended questions posed to them by the staff. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic delayed class council elections for weeks.

Students elect new SGA class councils

The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) announced the results of the 2020-21 Student Government Association (SGA) Class Council elections on Monday, April 20. Voter turnout decreased from 1508 to 1173 votes, a 22 percent decrease from last year’s. 

SARU and SGA teamed up to host a series of events promoting conversations surrounding sex.

SGA and SARU host virtual Sex Week to promote consent culture

The Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) and the Student Government Association (SGA) held their Sex Week event series this week as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SARU, a student group that seeks to dismantle rape culture and support survivors of sexual violence, aimed for these events to educate students on how to have safe, consensual sex.


Though summer courses will be online this year, they not be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Summer 2020 courses will be taught remotely

In an email to the student body on Thursday, April 16, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Jessie Martin announced that all summer classes will take place online. Courses provided by the Whiting School of Engineering in the first and second summer terms will also be online, with the exception of Gateway Computing, for which a decision has yet to be made. 

Beginning Saturday, Marylanders will be required to cover their faces in retail establishments.

Hogan orders masks be worn in stores and on public transit

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday, April 15 that in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, residents must wear face coverings when using public transportation or inside retail establishments, such as grocery stores. This executive order enters into effect on Saturday, April 18 at 7 a.m.

University appoints John Toscano as new interim dean of KSAS

In an email sent to Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) affiliates on Monday, Dean Beverly Wendland announced that John Toscano will serve as the interim dean of KSAS starting July 1. Toscano, who is currently a Chemistry professor and the vice dean for natural sciences, will hold this position until Wendland’s official successor is appointed. 

Student workers discuss effects of campus closure

In an email to the student body on March 14, the University announced that it would pay all on-campus student workers their average weekly wages until April 12, in response to the shutdown of campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Connect to Protect intends to promote inclusivity at Hopkins.

Students host Zoom trivia to reduce targeted violence

Connect to Protect is a digital integrated marketing campaign aimed at reducing targeted violence in the Hopkins community by creating an inclusive and positive environment for students. The campaign held its first trivia game through video conference service Zoom on Thursday, April 2 and the second on April 9. 

SGA debated two letters written by students from several universities in response to COVID-19. 

SGA endorses interstate practice of mental-health counselors

The Student Government Association (SGA) debated whether to endorse two letters written by student representatives from several universities at its weekly meeting. The letters, written in respond to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, address graduate school admissions policies and the interstate practices of mental-health-care providers. 

Peabody will implement an opt-out S/U grading system for the spring semester.

What challenges have Peabody students faced amid COVID-19?

Students at the Peabody Institute were informed on March 27 that Peabody would be implementing an opt-out satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading policy for the spring semester. By contrast, the deans of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) and the Whiting School of Engineering adopted a universal S/U grading system for Homewood Campus the same day. 

Administrators explained the rationale behind decisions related to packing residential students’ belongings.

Hopkins packs select dorms for health-care workers

For the residential students who had to vacate their dorms from March 13-15 due to coronavirus (COVID-19), moving out was a stressful experience. Days before, when announcing the suspension of in-person classes, the University had notified students that they had the option to stay. Then some students no longer had a place to stay. Many were forced to leave their belongings. 

This month, SARU is planning virtual events to promote consent culture.

SARU aims to support survivors of sexual violence during month of awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), observed in April, is an annual campaign to educate the public on how to prevent sexual violence. For the Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU), a student group that seeks to support survivors of sexual violence and dismantle rape culture, SAAM is an important opportunity to educate the student body.

Student groups respond to COVID-19 challenges

Following the cancellation of in-person classes through the rest of the semester as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, student organizations have been forced to adapt their processes. Members of these student groups spoke with The News-Letter to explain how they have handled the pandemic.

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