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Diversity Week 2021

Johns Hopkins SAIS is honored to celebrate its 4th annual Diversity Week from Oct 4-8th, hosted by the Diversity Council, Office of Marketing and Communications and Community Engagement, Office of Admissions, Global Careers, SAIS Women Lead, Student Diversity Coalition (SDC), Black Student Union (BSU), SAIS Pride, and Global Women in Leadership (GWIL).

SAIS Pride Meet & Greet (Virtual)
Monday Oct 4th 12:30-1:30PM

Join the Pride club to kick off SAIS Diversity Week with a virtual meet & greet! All are welcome.


SAIS Pride Pledge Signing
Monday Oct 4th 2:30-5PM
Location: Nitze Lobby

Join the SAIS Pride Club in the Nitze Lobby and sign our annual Pride Pledge, say hello, and grab some merchandise!

Intro to Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions with Cheri Wilson (Virtual)
Tuesday Oct 5th 10-11:30AM

Join the Diversity Council & Cheri Wilson, Education & Training Manager at the JHU Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity. Through a combination of didactic lecture, video clips, interactive exercises, and discussions, participants will learn more about unconscious bias and microaggressions, how they function in our everyday lives, and how they impact our decision-making. Most importantly, participants will be equipped with ways to respond to microaggressions as well as apply strategies for mitigating bias.
  • Following this session, participants will be able to:
  • Develop an awareness of how unconscious bias impacts decision-making
  • Recognize microaggressions
  • Respond to microaggressions
  • Practice allyship for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment
  • Apply strategies for mitigating unconscious bias


Like a tray of cookies, together we rise!  
Tuesday Oct 5th- 3-5PM
Location: Nitze Courtyard

The Global Careers team would like to invite members of the SAIS community for cookies and conversations around topics related to work, life, inclusion and purpose.  Meet the Global Careers team, and participate in activities that help you get to know the GC team, the school, and your future self.

BSU: The Story of Stuff
Tuesday Oct. 5th- 3-5PM
Location: Nitze Courtyard

Bring us and show us an item that is dear to you, and tell us about its story of diversity. Where was it made? Using what? By whom? What is its story of diversity? What does it say about your background and hour heritage? Why should it matter to us?
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The Story of Stuff

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Academia: a Discussion with Prof. Pavithra Suryanarayan (In-Person & Virtual)
Tuesday Oct 5th- 5-6PM
Location: Rome 812

The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted academic professionals worldwide. Nearly one-and-a half years into the pandemic, evidence shows that women in academia have disproportionally been affected by it. Join Prof. Pavithra Suryanarayan and SAIS Global Women in Leadership (GWL) for an informal discussion about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in academia and its implications. Questions from participants will be welcomed in the Q&A.


Virtual RSVP

We are SAIS: A photoseries
Wednesday, Oct 6th - 11-3pm Nitze
Location: Nitze Lobby

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come down to the Nitze building to participate in a photo series that represents the diversity of SAIS.

Initiating Inclusivity & Access (Virtual)
Thursday Oct 7th 11AM-12:15PM

How can you play a decisive role in creating an inclusive climate for all Hopkins community members and those beyond? Join us for a workshop to gain perspective on, skills for and knowledge about creating more accessible and accommodating spaces and experiences. This workshop is hosted by Cathie Axe, Executive Director, Student Disability Services and SAIS’ Student Diversity Coalition & Diversity Council with guests from the Kennedy-Krieger Universal Design team. Let’s remove barriers and lessen the gap - all are welcome!


Admissions Diversity Summit (Virtual)
Thursday Oct. 7th- 12PM-2:30PM

The Diversity Summit is focused on prospective candidates from underrepresented groups and allies who strongly support their advancement. The event will help prospective candidates learn about the academic and social life at SAIS and how to prepare a strong application


Tips for Confident Public Speaking with Amy Hissrich

Friday, Oct 8th - 4pm

Did you know that male academics are >2.5 times more likely than their women coworkers to ask a question in a seminar? Being nervous about speaking before a crowd is normal, but there are concrete steps you can take to reduce those nerves and strengthen your confidence in presenting. In this session hosted by SAIS Women Lead, we’ll walk through recommendations from the speaker’s experience delivering decades-worth of presentations. The goal is to increase your comfort in delivering information clearly and assuredly. We invite audience members to share their own tips and ask questions. We believe we can all learn from and amplify each other's voices.