JHU 2020 Planning Taskforce Student Advisory Committee

May 12, 2020

Dear Students:

As co-chairs of the JHU 2020 Planning Taskforce Student Advisory Committee, we are pleased to announce the selection of 20 undergraduate and graduate students to serve on the Committee. The Student Advisory Committee is one of several avenues for community engagement and input established for the JHU planning process and will ensure that the voices and perspectives of our students inform each stage of this effort.

In a message to our community last week, President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar shared the framework for the university’s preparations for the phased resumption of suspended in-person activities. Central to those efforts are multiple workgroups of faculty, staff and students, each charged with examining a range of questions and scenarios related to COVID-19 and developing recommendations that will be shared with the deans, faculty governance bodies, and university leaders to inform planning at each of our schools and divisions.

There are currently students serving on both the Research and Student Life workgroups, and the JHU 2020 Planning Student Advisory Committee provides an additional opportunity for students representing all Hopkins schools to provide input and guidance across all of the university’s 2020 planning efforts.

Nearly 300 students applied to serve on the Student Advisory Committee, providing information about their degree program, involvement in student organizations, and their views about the key issues the committee should explore. Those selected to serve on the committee represent all JHU schools and bring unique and diverse perspectives that will be critical as the university navigates the many complex challenges ahead.
Beginning the week of May 11, the JHU 2020 Planning Student Advisory Committee will meet approximately twice per week until June and then twice per month (or as necessary for July and August). Information about the Student Advisory Committee’s ongoing activities and work will be shared through the JHU Planning website.

We are extremely grateful for each student who applied to serve on the JHU 2020 Planning Student Advisory Committee. As this process continues, we want to hear from all of you. Please share your suggestions and recommendations online and at upcoming events, including a series of virtual town halls and forums that will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to making the Hopkins experience the best it can be at all times. We hope you and your families and friends continue to stay well. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more information as we plan our next steps together.


Alanna Shanahan, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Janet Schreck, Associate Vice Provost for Education