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House Staff Diversity Council

The House Staff Diversity Council is a self-governing and representative body within the House Staff Council.

Our Members

Mission Statement

Promote both diversity and inclusion within Johns Hopkins Medicine by championing various initiatives that foster the following goals at various levels of the institution:

  • Community Engagement 
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship
  • Inclusive Culture Climate
  • Scholastic Achievements
Diversity ≠ Inclusion
Involves equitable recruitment and matriculation of individuals of unique race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and other ideologies.
As it related to medical workforce recruitment and matriculation, our focus is on the equitable engagement of individuals who are under-represented in medicine (URM), as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Involves the retention, satisfaction, sense of belonging, and feeling of being both valued and respected amongst those from various diverse backgrounds.
Social Camaraderie
Fostering connections within the various under-represented in medicine (URM) diaspora to promote a sense of community that engages members and promotes mutual trust and friendship.
Community Service
Advocate for house staff engagement with our surrounding community through service and outreach.  Here you will find a central source for various community service projects, endorsed by the Diversity Council, along with links to the program's website.  For more information on how to get involved, please contact us.

Mentorship & Sponsorship
Invest in the under-represented in medicine (URM) community by championing both mentorship and sponsorship at various levels of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine.  End goals are (1) Recruitment & Retention; (2) Professional & Leadership Development; (3) Inclusion & Satisfaction.  Current initiatives include:

  • SOM Medical Student - House Staff Mentorship Program
  • GME Recruitment
  • URM Community Investment Continuum
  • Diversity Consortium of East Baltimore Healthcare Learners

For more information on how to get involved, please contact us.

Inclusive Culture Climate
Addressing inclusion barriers through a longitudinal curriculum aimed at training learners at Johns Hopkins.  Key topics to be highlighted:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Implicit Bias
  • Micro-Aggressions
  • Promotion of "Allies" amongst non-URMs
  • Resilience Training amongst URMs

Scholastic Achievements
Promotion of academic accomplishment through scholarly deliverables.  Current aim is to perform research that highlights diversity and inclusion efforts that translate into recommendations for improving wellness amongst house staff.

Administrative & Faculty Support
We acknowledge that the success of the House Staff Diversity Council is due to the support we receive from our faculty and administrative advocates.

Administrative Advisor: Jessica Bienstock, MD, MPH

Faculty Mentors:

Contact Us
For general comments or inquiries, please email us at