For the third year in a row, Johns Hopkins University has received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing also received its sixth consecutive HEED Award in the health professions category.
Johns Hopkins University and the School of Nursing will be featured among 108 HEED Award recipients in the magazine's November/December 2023 issue.
"Receiving the 2023 HEED Award is both an honor and a reflection of Johns Hopkins' unwavering commitment to fostering an environment where everyone can flourish," said Katrina Caldwell, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins University. "Our achievements highlight the passion of our community, and this accolade further motivates us to continue our journey towards comprehensive inclusivity and excellence."
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Johns Hopkins to receive this award based on the university's commitment to fostering a more welcoming, inclusive, and accountable culture. Since the 2022 launch of the diversity strategic plan, named Realizing Our Promise: The Second JHU Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the university has strategically enhanced its support services, dedicating more than $200 million to initiatives that benefit its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader community and bolstering both the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in new programmatic ways. The recent additions of two new full-time religious leaders, the dramatic expansion of access to gender-affirming health care, increased disability programming and staffing, along with a focus on elevating faculty diversity through the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program, all underscore the university's continued dedication to inclusivity.
The School of Nursing was recognized for its efforts to cultivate a diverse environment—52% of its students and more than a third of its faculty are from racial or ethnic minorities. The school has also created groups for student minorities, including a men in nursing mentorship program and an interprofessional international students group.
"We are committed to recruiting diverse students, faculty, and staff and to creating an environment where people from all backgrounds excel," said Nursing Dean Sarah Szanton. "Despite the recent ruling on race and admissions, our resolve remains unchanged to build a school community that represents the rich diversity of America."