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Diversity & Inclusion


The Johns Hopkins Graduate Biomedical Education Program, together with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, is fully committed to the shared values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, and promoting a sense of inclusion and belonging for every member of our community. This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical to attaining the best scholarship, teaching, and research.

We fully recognize that diverse groups are a major driving force for excellence, creativity and innovation, and maximally fuel scientific advancements, in common purpose to critically improve the human condition for all. We firmly embrace these beliefs as reflected in the Core Values of Johns Hopkins.

Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by Johns Hopkins leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institution: leadership, administration, faculty, staff and students. We are certain that we are better together!


Diversity & Inclusion Programs:

  • The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) endows and launches a major new effort to address historic underrepresentation in STEM. This initiative also establishes and strengthens pathways for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to pursue and receive PhDs in STEM fields.

  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine hosts multiple summer experiences helping local teens explore biomedical, medical, and health-related careers.

  • The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in biomedical and/or public health research to students from a variety of backgrounds - including students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in science and medicine, students from low-income/underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program provides research exposure for those interested in potential careers in science, medicine and public health.

  • The goal of the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained postbaccalaureates who will transition into and complete rigorous biomedical, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields. Scholars conduct hypothesis-driven research in their Mentor’s lab, with day-to-day guidance by an experienced PhD student or postdoc. Scholars participate fully in weekly lab meetings, attend weekly research seminars in their department, attend a vibrant PhD program retreat and a national conference of their choice.

  • The Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP) is our post-baccalaureate component of the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM Initiative) pipeline program.  The CSM Initiative seeks to develop scholars from low-income and diverse backgrounds to help them build the accomplishments, skills, network, and support necessary to achieve advanced careers in biomedical, medical, health-related, and STEM professions.


Student Groups:

  • The Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA) is a tri-school organization that supports graduate students from underrepresented minority backgrounds across the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. Email [email protected].
  • The Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee is the student-led organization for trainees with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions at the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus. Join our listserv here.
  • The Gertrude Stein Society (GSS) is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied members across the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.  Email: [email protected]
  • The Graduate Women's Empowerment Network (GWEN) is an organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women with graduate degrees at all levels of STEM professions, especially promoting leadership and professional development. 
  • Native Circle was founded in 2002 by a group of Johns Hopkins Native American graduate students. The group is comprised of Hopkins students, staff, faculty and community members who are committed to training, educating, supporting and advancing the well being of Native American people through self-determination, academic achievement and community service. Email: [email protected].
  • The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Email: [email protected].



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