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May 31, 2023

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Jim Obergefell shared his story in the fight for marriage equality at the MSE Symposium event. 

Jim Obergefell kicks off MSE Symposium

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted the first speaker, Jim Obergefell, in the first event of the 2022 “The Road Ahead” series on Sept. 28. Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 

The newly-opened Imagine Center is one piece of the new approach Hopkins is taking to professional development.

Future Fest takes a new approach to professional development

Students and alums engaged in a series of more than 30 recruitment and networking events from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1. This annual occasion, known as Future Fest, builds connections between Hopkins students and representatives across various industries and graduate schools. 

The Fred Scott Brigade gather in front of the newly dedicated Scott Tower.

Scott Tower dedication ceremony comes as part of the University's building renaming initiatives

The University hosted the official dedication of the Scott Tower on Sept. 24 to honor the legacy of Frederick Isadore Scott Jr., its first African American undergraduate. Coming as part of the Diverse Names and Narratives Project, which proposed the renaming of buildings after historically marginalized and underrepresented groups, the event honored Scott and his contributions as a trailblazer for diversity.

SGA discusses transportation, dining and event collaboration with PGA.

SGA meets with PGA to discuss cross-campus collaboration

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Sept. 20 to discuss collaboration between SGA and the Peabody General Assembly (PGA), student access to alumni connections and career opportunities, the Instagram Raffle Bill and the Well-being Fair Funding Bill. 

Students express mixed feedback on the University’s accessibility plan. 

Students respond to accessibility map as university rolls out roadmap initiatives

The University is implementing initiatives to make campus more accessible with the Second JHU Roadmap for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Progress for initiatives has already begun, while others will come into effect in Spring 2023. One of the recent initiatives, the Accessibility Map, depicts accessible routes on campus and was first released prior to the Fall 2022 semester.

Students express disappointment over limited ethnic food options at Hopkins dining halls.

Students react to Hopkins Dining changes

The University has recently unveiled its new dining plan that is operated internally, which has brought opinions from both new and returning students. The University decided to transition to a self-operated dining model to allow for more sustainable food practices, enhanced student experience, and collaboration with local partners, like Gold Crust Bakery. 

SGA discussed how to best represent the student body’s opinions in abortion resolution.

SGA discusses multiple abortion bills

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting (GBM) on Sept. 6. They discussed a resolution about abortion access and passed a bill creating a first generation and limited-income (FLI) caucus. This was the first meeting attended by the new senators of the freshman class and one new senior senator, who were all confirmed to SGA during the meeting.

Students express concerns over updated COVID-19 policies for the fall 2022 semester, referencing issues faced by disabled individuals.

Students adjust to fully in-person semester

After two years of hybrid learning, the University has transitioned to a fully in-person modality for the fall 2022 semester. All classes, including large lectures, are now being taught in person. While being reminiscent of pre-pandemic schooling, this semester also features strategies adopted during virtual and hybrid semesters. 

Freshmen expressed excitement and frustrations over programming during orientation week.

Freshmen discuss adjusting to life on campus

With the end of the first week of classes, the Class of 2026 reflected on their experiences living away from home, adjusting to academic life on a university campus and participating in the Hopkins orientation and pre-orientation activities.