Katrina Caldwell, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins University, has been chosen by the reporters and editors of The Baltimore Sun as one of "25 Black Marylanders to Watch" for 2024.
Published today by The Sun to celebrate Black History Month, the third-annual list honors Caldwell among notable artists, activists, scholars, and entrepreneurs working to improve the lives, health, and education of all Maryland residents.
The feature highlights Caldwell's 30-year career leading colleges and universities' diversity missions and notes that she is overseeing the implementation of JHU's vision for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university over a five-year period.
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As DEI initiatives are scrutinized as a zero-sum game at a national level, Caldwell remains clear-eyed that diversity means everyone deserves to be in environments that support their goals, needs, and what they need to feel safe to thrive.
Higher education institutions, whether public or private, have a responsibility to change the conditions of their community, especially if that community is marginalized, Caldwell said. Community members, in conversations with Caldwell's office, have said they want a stronger, mutually beneficial relationship with the university.
"It's not about just giving out money," Caldwell said. "It really is about building relationships."
The Sun's 25 "Black Marylanders to Watch" list also recognizes two JHU alumni: Tiffany Tate, BSPH '96 (MHS), executive director of the Maryland Partnership for Prevention, a nonprofit that aims to boost national and local immunization efforts; and Kerri-Ann Lawrence, Ed '11 (MS), lab director of the Baltimore County Police Department's Forensic Services Section.
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