Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative: Apply by December 1

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university or other minority serving institution for undergraduate study are eligible to apply.

JHU Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion, and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care, and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity, and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students.

WSE Values

The Whiting School of Engineering is a diverse and inclusive community that values:

  • A scholarly, collaborative, and entrepreneurial environment in which innovation, creativity, risk-taking, and the ethical practice and applications of engineering and technology are paramount.
  • The importance of both of the fundamentals of engineering and the creation and dissemination of transformative knowledge contributing to the betterment of society.
  • Its members’ intellectual agility and their capacity to draw upon their wide range of technical and non-technical skills and abilities to solve societal problems.

2019 ASEE Diversity Recognition Program

2019 Bronze Award for the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program

The Whiting School of Engineering has been nationally recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with a Bronze Level award in the inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. This program was created to publicly recognize those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.

This recognition highlights the Whiting School’s commitment to the following outcomes:

  • Establishing support for groups underrepresented in engineering.
  • Quantifiably analyzing and assessing unit composition, policies, culture, and climate-related to all groups underrepresented in engineering.
  • Implementing programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth.
  • Developing an action plan focused on continuous improvement.

Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion

The JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion was drafted in early 2016 to capture the university’s priorities and ambitions, and to state in explicit and concrete terms its institutional commitments in this area. The document was revised with input from the university community in forums, meetings, emails, and conversations, and approved by the university's Board of Trustees in October 2016.

Affinity Groups and Committees

Across the University, Johns Hopkins students, postdocs, and trainees have founded a vast range of affinity groups and committees concerned with diversity that bring together individuals with similar backgrounds, cultures, interests, and ambitions in community or common purpose. These groups have helped the divisions—and our institution—foster diversity, whether through advocacy, programming, or other endeavors.


We have compiled a list of helpful diversity-related resources for our students, faculty, and staff. The list comprises training and education, information on divisional and university initiatives, groups and committees, and more.

Discovery, creativity, and innovation flourish in an environment where the broadest range of experiences are shared, where all voices are heard and are valued, and where individuals from different cultures and backgrounds can collaborate freely to understand and solve problems in entirely new ways.

Ed Schlesinger Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Whiting School of Engineering