Free coffee at six Hopkins locations on Monday, Aug. 16

Stop by to grab a cup and reconnect with colleagues as the university welcomes you back ahead of the fall semester

Johns Hopkins employees and students are invited to stop by on Monday, Aug. 16, for a free cup of coffee at one of six on- or near-campus grab-and-go gatherings—many of them outdoors—designed to welcome the university community back ahead of the fall semester.

Monday is the day officially designated by the university for a return to in-person work—for many, for the first time since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

"The past 18 months have been so challenging in so many ways, and we know there are members of our community who are looking forward to being back at Hopkins, maybe for the first time in a long time," says Sunil Kumar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Adds Jane Schlegel, vice president, chief administrative officer, and interim vice president for human resources, "We encourage you to come by, say hello to your friends and colleagues, and enjoy a cup of coffee."

Coffee will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations:

All university health and safety protocols—including mandatory masking for all individuals indoors—will be observed at all gatherings.

The events are part of the JHNeedsUBack campaign, a wide-ranging effort designed to encourage members of the university community to come back together safely as they return to working and learning in person. Information on future events can be found at

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