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November 28, 2020

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COURTESY OF LEELA GEBO
The University celebrated its third annual Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12. 

Hopkins celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indienous Students at Hopkins (ISH) hosted Dennis E. Seymour to deliver a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Evening Lecture on Oct. 12. Seymour is a former Dean Emeritus of the Community College of Baltimore County School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law.


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Service club leaders discuss the challenges and advantages of operating during a virtual semester.

Service organizations get creative to continue helping their communities

Once the University decided that the fall semester would be entirely online, student service clubs had to rethink how they could continue helping their community partners. While the virtual format made it easier for some organizations to continue conducting their meetings and tasks over Zoom, others have not been as successful and have even had to put a pause on their club’s activities. 



COURTESY OF CHRIS BEALL
The Love is Love street mural adorns North Curly Street in Patterson Park.

LGBTQ Life celebrates National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day, observed annually on Oct. 11, is a day of awareness to support LGBTQ individuals. It also marks the anniversary of the second major National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  


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In past years, Hoptoberfest featured a week of in-person events and activities.

Students experience first virtual Hoptoberfest

Hoptoberfest, an annual festival by a student organization of the same name, was held virtually for the first time ever from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9. The events, intended to relieve stress and celebrate the start of autumn, featured activities including concerts, a baking class and a virtual zoo. 



COURTESY OF CHRIS PARK
Former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah shared her experience as a female politician.

Former gubernatorial candidate discusses female leadership in politics

The International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah as part of its 2020 Election and Future of American Democracy series in an event titled “Women in Politics” on Oct. 6. ISLC members freshman Alison Bader and sophomore John Strezewski moderated the event.



COURTESY OF LEELA GEBO
The Center for Social Concern holds Civic Sessions to introduce students to the Baltimore community.

CSC webinar chronicles Baltimore's history of racism and activism

The Center for Social Concern (CSC) hosted a virtual webinar titled “Baltimore History and Social Justice” as a part of its Civic Sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The session was co-hosted by Gerrod Williamson, a student leadership specialist at the CSC, and Eli Lopatin, assistant director of civic leadership. 


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Like classes and student groups, virtual peer services have continued virtually during the fall semester. 

Peer services offered virtually during an online semester

When the University announced that the fall semester would be entirely online, students lives were impacted in almost every way. Freshmen experienced a virtual orientation, students browsed extra-curricular activities in a virtual Student Involvement Fair and clubs and organizations adapted to online-only operations. Likewise, peer services have adjusted their operations to serve students remotely. 




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The School of Advanced International Studies’ Dean’s Speaker Series focuses on topics related to international relations.

Retired colonel shares stories of resilience

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) featured retired Colonel and SAIS Chief of Staff Craig Osborne as part of its Dean’s Speaker Series on Sept. 30. The event was moderated by SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen. 




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The career fair in fall 2018 featured over 115 employers.

Life Design Lab hosts first virtual career fair

The Life Design Lab held Future Festival, a virtual career and networking fair, for students from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25 and Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The week-long event, which attempted to emulate a music festival, showcased networking opportunities, professional development workshops and speakers from different professional backgrounds. The event utilized Zoom for seminars and networking events and Brazen, an event management software, for career fair booths.  



COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
The University is currently considering different options for the spring semester.

University aims to have a plan for the spring by Thanksgiving

Provost Sunil Kumar and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan announced in an email to the student body on Oct. 1 that the University will have a plan for the spring semester by Thanksgiving at the latest. They also noted that all intersession classes will be held virtually. 


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