The Indispensable Role of Blacks at Johns Hopkins exhibit is an outgrowth of a conversation in 2012 between President Ron Daniels and the Black Faculty and Staff Association, where members of the BFSA expressed a desire to raise the visibility of blacks at the university and pointed to the many contributions people of color have made to Johns Hopkins.
On the exhibit's website are profiles of 62 black women and men whose narratives give a snapshot of their many accomplishments and their impact on society. Highlighted profiles include the first black student to graduate from the university, undergraduate and graduate, scientists, engineers, educators, and many other professionals.
The IRB Visibility Project is an extension of the exhibit, further supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Select individuals from the IRB are recognized by displaying portrait wall panels on the campuses of Homewood (Brody Learning Commons and Mason Hall) and of East Baltimore (Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carnegie Building).
Each year, nominations are accepted for induction into the exhibit. You can nominate colleagues, students, alumni, activists, or whoever you believe has been a trailblazer in their own right. Submit your nomination by completing the IRB nomination form on the BFSA website.
Learn more about the exhibit and the people who have contributed to the history of the university.