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With our main campus located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is truly and proudly a city resident. Our commitment to our local communities is based on the simple truth that the health and well being of the university is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well being of the city in which we live. Our founder and namesake, Johns Hopkins, put forth that idea when he made a bequest to establish a university and a hospital.
As the city’s largest anchor institution, Johns Hopkins feels the constant pull of urban issues. Our faculty, staff, students, and administrators answer the call on a daily basis, in ways both large and small, from volunteering as tutors in local schools to contributing nearly $5 billion in economic output in the city.
Johns Hopkins’ commitment to our city and our neighbors is not new; it is part of who we are, inherent in our work from clinics to classrooms. And in the wake of the unrest in Baltimore [in spring 2015]—a moment that laid bare harsh and multi-generational inequalities—our work is ever more important.
- Ronald J. Daniels
- Johns Hopkins University
Some examples of our community efforts:
- In 2015, we launched the HopkinsLocal initiative to promote economic growth and employment opportunities in Baltimore. As part of HopkinsLocal, we have made a commitment to increase design and construction contracts with local minority- and women-owned businesses, to expand the number of new hires that come from city neighborhoods where employment opportunities are needed, and to build relationships with more city-based vendors.
- In 2016, Johns Hopkins and 24 other Baltimore-area businesses announced the launch of the BLocal initiative, an effort to help create more economic opportunities in the city.
- Our Homewood Community Partners Initiative is a university-community partnership aimed at boosting quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus by reducing blight, improving education, catalyzing commercial and retail development, and strengthening local hiring and purchasing.
- The East Baltimore Development Initiative is a partnership among the university, the city of Baltimore, and others, to invest in the revitalization of areas around Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore campus. That effort includes opening and operating the Henderson-Hopkins school, the first new school in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.
- Through a partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, we helped create the city’s first Pre-K through 8th grade school dedicated to giving students a foundation in engineering and computer skills.
- University leaders were instrumental in bringing the successful P-TECH model to Maryland public schools, creating a school-to-industry pipeline for students in STEM fields. Baltimore’s Dunbar High School will partner with Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and others to offer health science degrees.
- Each fall, more than 1,000 members of the faculty, staff, and student body come together for President’s Day of Service to tackle hundreds of small projects—mulching trees, or painting school classrooms, or planting community gardens.
- SOURCE, founded in 2005 to centralize community service and service-learning efforts at the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health in East Baltimore, has more than 100 partnerships with community-based organizations across Baltimore.
- The Tutorial Project brings approximately 100 children to our Homewood campus twice a week each semester for help with reading and math.
- Our Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive has provided uniforms for more than 2,500 Baltimore City Public School students in the past five years.
- Dozens of students spend their summers working for community-focused charitable groups and social service agencies across Baltimore as part of our Community Impact Internships Program.
- The Center for Social Concern provides a base for more than 50 student-led programs that serve Baltimore communities. In 2016–2017, volunteers performed more than 96,000 hours of work through these programs.