At an institution like Johns Hopkins, forged in the aftermath of the Civil War and implicated in the failed project of Reconstruction and the segregated society that followed, it is critical not only to chart a path for the future but also to understand, acknowledge, and grapple with the role of racism and other types of discrimination in our history.

Ed Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Whiting School of Engineering Excerpt from July 8, 2020 message to WSE Community

Training and Education

Where to Start: Anti-Racist Allyship and Advocacy

Resource Guides


Articles, Books, and Media



  • Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do (Jennifer Eberhardt)
  • How to be an Anti-Racist (Ibram X. Kendi)
  • Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
  • Me and White Supremacy (Layla F. Saad)
  • Native Son (Richard Wright)
  • Roots (Alex Haley)
  • The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege (Robert Jenson)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Robin DiAngelo)



Departmental Diversity Champions

The primary role of the diversity champion is to help facilitate culture transformation around issues of equity and inclusion. As critical thought leaders, diversity champions work with their chair to advance departmental diversity and inclusion goals.

Learn more about the role of departmental diversity champions and see a list of diversity champions by department on the JHU Departmental Diversity Champions page.

Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion

The JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion was drafted in early 2016 to capture the university’s priorities and ambitions, and to state in explicit and concrete terms its institutional commitments in this area. The document was revised with input from the university community in forums, meetings, emails, and conversations, and approved by the university board of trustees in October 2016.

JHU Offices and Initiatives

Affinity Groups and Committees

Across the University, Johns Hopkins students, postdocs, and trainees have founded a vast range of affinity groups and committees concerned with diversity, to bring individuals with similar backgrounds, cultures, interests and ambitions together in community or common purpose. These groups have helped the divisions—and our institution—foster diversity, whether through advocacy, programming or other endeavors.