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MEANINGFUL CHANGE AT HOPKINS


Creating and sustaining a culture where all members of our community feel valued and respected is central to our mission as a school. With the 2021–2022 academic year underway, we have created this site to update our community to our progress on the twelve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives established in 2020.

We recognize that this journey is ongoing, and we are dedicated to building and sustaining a culture that fully embodies an anti-racist school community. The DEI Initiatives listed below aim to bring about this meaningful change to our institution and culture. 


 

CURRENT PROGRESS

List of 12 items.

  • CURRICULUM

    We will re-examine our curriculum to incorporate a social justice lens, de-center Anglo-European voices, and elevate all voices. This will also include a race and representation audit in our English and History Departments. Additionally, we will create a new interdisciplinary course on social justice.
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  • FINANCIAL AID

    For the 2022–23 school year, we will support $6 million in aid, and increase that aid each year moving forward.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND

    We will establish a Fund for Social Justice, which will provide annual grants to projects in four broad categories: student research, activism and internships, campus-wide events and speakers, and long-term programs with community partners. 
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  • RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

    We will implement the recommendations outlined in a comprehensive report produced last year to improve the recruitment and retention of faculty of color. Key objectives of the report included Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for hiring committees, an equity audit, and utilizing new recruitment networks. 
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  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    We will provide training and professional development to all employees (administrators, faculty, staff, and coaches) on cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching practices. We will also evolve our disciplinary process to include restorative justice practices. 
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  • AFFINITY GROUPS

    We will encourage and support our Student Diversity Board, along with our affinity groups on campus to create more spaces for association, affirmation, and connection. We will also support our Employees of Color Affinity Group, as well as our faculty and staff Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators.
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  • HOPKINS’ HISTORY

    We will more publicly and explicitly recognize the history surrounding the founding of the School, including the role slavery played in that history. We will examine this history and include our findings at hopkins.edu.
  • ALUM INFINITY GROUPS

    We will work with the Hopkins Black Alumni Network (HBAN) to create more spaces for alumni to connect, promote mission-focused programs for the school, and deepen the mentor relationships with our current students. Our appointed new Chairs for 2021-2022 are Alycia Powell ‘03 and Phil Stanley ‘81.
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    We will work with our Director of Community Engagement to strengthen Hopkins’ partnerships and relationships with the City of New Haven through targeted educational enrichment programs and community outreach.
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  • PATHFINDER

    We will expand Pathfinder, our after-school and summer outreach and educational enrichment program focused in New Haven and Bridgeport, so we can broaden our impact on the children in the greater New Haven area. The four-year tuition-free program currently serves 120 students. We will devise a plan to fund a minimum of 200 students within five-years. 
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  • PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

    Through our Office of Equity and Community, we will design and launch educational and community-based workshops for current Hopkins parents, which will focus on race, identity, and diversity. 
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  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION + SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (DEISEL)

    New Initiative: We will examine the particular mental health needs of our students of color and create tangible structures to support them.