Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing again recognized for commitment to diversity

The university receives its second Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from 'INSIGHT Into Diversity' magazine, which also named JHU a 'Diversity Champion,' Nursing receives its fifth honor in the health professions category

Johns Hopkins has again been recognized for its outstanding commitments to diversity and inclusion by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, higher education's oldest and largest diversity magazine. For the second year in a row, the university has received the magazine's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, and this year earned the added honor of being named a "Diversity Champion." The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing also received its fifth consecutive HEED award in the health professions category.

The HEED award measures the success and efforts of U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to broaden diversity. It examines diversity programs; outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; as well as faculty and staff hiring practices and other areas.

Since receiving its first HEED award in 2021, Johns Hopkins has continued to advance its diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, investing more than $200 million in initiatives to support institutional efforts.

"We are proud to be acknowledged for the second year in a row as a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity awardee and to be recognized as a Diversity Champion for the first time," said Chief Diversity Officer Katrina Caldwell. "Hopkins is poised to serve as a leader in shifting the landscape on diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes in higher education. However, for the institution to realize its full promise, it will require continued collaboration, accountability, and a shared commitment from all of us."

At the School of Nursing, 45% of current students are from underrepresented populations. Building off of tremendous growth in underrepresented faculty, the school has committed $50 million to enhance its recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty members. The Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program, named in honor of Fannie Gaston-Johansson, who was the first Black woman to be named a tenured professor at the university, will bring an additional 30 diverse scholars to JHU with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

"Diversity, equity, and inclusion are vital to the health of our nation and world," said Sarah Szanton, dean of the School of Nursing. "We are thrilled to be recognized as a HEED recipient—it is a rigorous examination of DEI within multiple school facets. To be recognized for the fifth consecutive year speaks to our enduring commitment to these values."

The HEED award is the only national award that honors individual institutions for being outstanding examples of colleges or universities that are committed to making diversity and inclusion a top priority across their campuses, according to INSIGHT Into Diversity.

As a HEED award recipient, Johns Hopkins University is featured along with 103 other winners in the November 2022 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity. For more than 45 years, INSIGHT has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of local and national communities.

The HEED application for the university was compiled by Erin Fox, senior manager of strategic initiatives. The School of Nursing HEED application was compiled by Rebecca Wright, assistant professor and director for diversity, equity, and inclusion; Kira Sullivan, project specialist in the Office of the Dean; Trevor Mitchell, senior administrative coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs; Adam Beaman, senior associate of strategic initiatives; Chris Godack, chief of staff to the dean; and Jennifer Dotzenrod, associate dean for enrollment management and student affairs.

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