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September 25, 2023

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Musicians John Tyler and Scott Patterson draw from the struggles and influences of diaspora communities in their work. 

SNF Agora and Baltimore Center Stage highlight intersections of music and activism

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute kicked off the Elijah E. Cummings Democracy and Freedom Festival with a “Pop the Vote” Baltimore Butterfly Session on Feb. 7. Baltimore Center Stage, the state theater of Maryland and Baltimore's largest active professional theater company, teamed up with SNF Agora to bring a night of art and civic engagement to Hopkins. 

SGA unanimously passed the Liaison Program Bill.

SGA outlines executive branch plans for spring semester

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 7 to discuss recommendations for the executive branch, the SGA Accessibility Standards Bill, the SGA Bill for South Asian Mela, the Hopkins Got Talent event plans and the Student Services Liaison Program Act.

Bolden shared how racial identity and queerness guides her work. 

Humans of Hopkins: Yasmine Bolden

Yasmine Bolden is an award-winning poet currently in her sophomore year at Hopkins. In an interview with The News-Letter, she described her writing process, the advocacy projects she’s been involved in and the impact she hopes to have.

Student attendees and organization leaders reported enjoying SIF despite the decreased turnout.

University hosts spring Student Involvement Fair with decreased turnout

The spring semester’s Student Involvement Fair (SIF) was hosted by Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development (LEED) on Feb. 3 in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. The event provided students with the opportunity to explore and meet hundreds of student groups on campus, ranging from dance teams to volunteer and advocacy groups. 


The symposium will feature discussion on international shifts and patterns surrounding complex topics. 

FAS announces 2023 spring speaker series theme and lineup

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) announced that the theme of its 2023 spring speaker series will be “Paradigm Shift” on Feb. 4. The lineup features activist Heather Booth, retired U.S. Army General Lieutenant Mark Hertling, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Professor Narges Bajoghli, climate change experts Amali Tower and Patrick Brown, former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey A. Rosen. 

SGA discusses including land acknowledgements in large ceremonies like commencement and convocation.

Office of Student Affairs presents new strategic plan at SGA meeting

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its first general body meeting of the spring semester on Jan. 31. At the meeting, Chief of Staff for the Vice Provost of Student Affairs Lee Hawthorne presented the Office of Student Affairs’ new strategic plan. Representatives provided executive, class and committee reports along with information on supporting the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in the U.S. Supreme Court, the liaison programming bill and Meat the Future Movie Night funding bill.

Attendees worked to establish a more inclusive base of knowledge on the history of composers.

Wikipedia edit-a-thon calls attention to underrepresented composers

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra hosted “Canons Away! — A Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon,” an event designed to bring experienced and first-time Wikipedia editors together to expand the canon of historically underrepresented composers and performers. The event was held at the Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Institute on Jan. 28.

The QuestBridge National College Match program provides low-income students with full four-year scholarships to college partners.

University expands reach to low-income students with QuestBridge partnership

QuestBridge announced its partnership with the University in a press release on Jan. 19. QuestBridge is a national nonprofit that connects high-achieving, low-income students with leading colleges and opportunities. In Fall 2023, the University will participate in the QuestBridge National College Match, a program that connects low-income students with admission and full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

97% of votes were in favor of unionization.

Graduate students vote to unionize with a 97% majority

Graduate students across three Hopkins campuses voted in a union representation election, facilitated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), on Jan. 30 and 31. The election was organized by Teachers and Researchers United (TRU), which is affiliated with United Electrical Radio, and Machine Workers (UE). 

Smooke describes pivoting from the career world into academia.

Humans of Hopkins: Vid Smooke

Vid Smooke is a professor of Music Theory at the Peabody Institute. In an interview with The News-Letter, they describe their experience in academia, their educational philosophy and the arts scene in Baltimore. 

Hopkins community mourns the loss of Sharleen Argamaso-Hernan

The University is mourning the death of Sharleen Argamaso-Hernan, assistant director of academic support, who passed away on Dec. 25, 2022. Argamaso-Hernan was assistant director for the Study Consulting Program and oversaw the first-year course Introduction to Hopkins: Arrive & Thrive. 

Hopkins community mourns the loss of Saeeda Osei Frimpong

The University is mourning the death of Saeeda Osei Frimpong, who passed away on Jan. 11. Frimpong was a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She was a member of the African Students Association, the American Red Cross Corps and the Black Student Union. 

Students and faculty discuss the necessity of diversifying faculty.

University announces three scholarly cluster hires aimed at increasing faculty diversity

The University announced plans to hire 13 new faculty members in three areas of study as part of the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (FGJFEP) on Nov. 16.  Named after the University’s first Black woman to become a tenured professor at Hopkins, Fannie Gaston-Johansson, the FGJFEP has resulted in the recruitment of 35 tenure-track professors over a six-year period. The program is part of the Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI), recently revived under the University’s Second Roadmap on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Daniels spoke on the significance of cultivating democratic ideals at the University. 

Exclusive interview with President Ronald J. Daniels

In an interview with The News-Letter on Dec. 12, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed the function of higher education in American democracy, the importance of accountability in the University’s decision making and the creation of democratic spaces on campus. 

Nine teams presented their startup project to judges on Fuel Demo Day.

Hopkins startup CurveAssure win grand prize at FFU Fuel Demo Day

CurveAssure, a student startup creating a spine monitor device to identify the best treatment and pathways for the patient, won the grand prize at the FastForward U (FFU) Fall 2022 Fuel Demo Day. The Fuel Accelerator track is a non-dilutive, extracurricular accelerator that runs each semester to fund Hopkins student startups. This fall, nine student startups were selected through a written application and an interview.