Baltimore's unrest: Johns Hopkins responds
Last spring, turmoil in cities across the country and here in Baltimore sparked important conversations on our campuses about racial inequality and deep divisions that exist in our society.
In response, Johns Hopkins University has strengthened its commitment to providing economic and employment opportunities in Baltimore, and to discussing, investigating, and addressing critical underlying issues—police brutality, mass incarceration, separate and unequal schools, and an ever-growing wealth gap.
A message from Johns Hopkins leadership
This month marks the first anniversary of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed. It was a moment that exposed gaping disparities within this city while bringing many of us together in common cause. As we approach this somber anniversary, we want to express our profound appreciation for the efforts you have undertaken over the past year to make our city stronger, and to encourage all of us to remember the critical work that still lies ahead.
Johns Hopkins’ commitment to Baltimore is not new—it was inherent in the founding of our institutions and in countless initiatives in the decades since. But over the past year, we’ve been inspired by the ways you have thought anew about our connections to Baltimore and aligned your work with the health of this city. Read more
Johns Hopkins research
Before and after Baltimore’s unrest, our investigators have worked to better understand the underlying causes of inequality and the complexities of life in urban communities.
Our efforts in Baltimore—efforts that took on greater urgency following the events of April 2015—are rooted in the knowledge that the health and well-being of our university are inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well-being of the city we call home.
Recent lectures and discussions
Over the past year, we have fostered an ongoing discussion about race, racism, and their effect on American life and culture, through the JHU Forums on Race in America and other events.
Faculty experts and others from our community lend their voices to conversations about racial inequality and Baltimore’s April 2015 uprising.