Mission and Vision

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to engage WSE stakeholders (everyone) in DEI efforts and diversity progress, achieve and maintain diverse representation, and foster an inclusive and equitable academic community.

Changing the course of history, and dismantling racist institutions and traditions, require us to alter the ways many of us view the world, interact with each other, and even understand ourselves. If we are to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change, the first step is understanding how we got where we are today.

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

Meet Our Team.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Darlene F. Saporu

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Darlene Saporu currently serves as the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Whiting School of Engineering. Before joining Hopkins, she was the assistant dean of diversity at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

In her current role at the School of Engineering, she provides strategic vision and programmatic leadership on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Saporu has spearheaded numerous initiatives at Hopkins aimed at improving the school climate, recruiting, and retaining students and faculty from underrepresented groups, building partnerships with HBCUs and other peer institutions, and addressing concerns and providing support and mentoring to students and faculty on a wide range of issues. Some highlights of her work include the incredibly successful Passport to Future Technology Leadership program, an 18-month career preparation program for URM (Underrepresented Minority) doctoral students interested in entering industry upon graduation, as well as the Explore Hopkins Program which was developed to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds with a personalized opportunity to visit and learn about WSE's doctoral programs from current student and faculty.

She is the co-PI of a National Science Foundation AGEP Alliance grant called Project ELEVATE. The goal of the $3 million award is to develop a career advancement model for early career faculty at selective institutions.

University of Wisconsin Madison, BS
Ohio State University, PhD

Stacey Marks

Diversity Program Manager

As the program manager for the WSE Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Stacey works to expand our recruitment programs and partnerships, implement community building and professional development to support the success and retention of historically underrepresented graduate students and manage initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and drive a culture of inclusive excellence.

University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, MS