Diversity Leadership Council

Diversity Leadership Council

Comprised of about 60 members from across all nine divisions of Johns Hopkins, the Diversity Leadership Council advises university President Ronald Daniels on matters of diversity and inclusion. It encourages programs that are supporting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at the university and health system and urges progress in areas where the institutions need to improve. 

For over twenty years, the council has advocated for domestic partner benefits, a more welcoming environment for persons with disabilities, diversity training for supervisors and managers, and the establishment of divisional diversity councils. It has conducted surveys of the university community, given the annual Diversity Leadership Awards, held an annual diversity conference, and created a program for Diversity Innovation Grants.

General members are selected each year through a nomination process and several leadership officials serve as ex-officio members.

DLC Programs and Initiatives

Diversity and Inclusion Conference: At this full-day conference, guests can join the Diversity Leadership Council in exploring the frontiers of diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins. Workshop topics generally focus on issues such as recruitment and retention, defining diversity, legal issues in higher education, conflict resolution, and more. The 18th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference was held virtually on Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, 2021. The theme of the 2021 DLC Conference was Awakening to Action representing a call to action for the presenters and attendees to transform the momentum of 2020 into sustained action.

Diversity Leadership AwardsThese awards recognize exceptional contributions of faculty, staff, and students in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins. Faculty, staff, and students from all divisions of Johns Hopkins are eligible to receive the award. Current members of the DLC are not eligible to be nominated. The next round of nominations will start Spring 2022. To see past winners, click here.

Student Poster Session: The Student Poster Session is held concurrent to the Diversity Leadership Awards and is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from all of Johns Hopkins to share their expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Poster proposals for the Spring 2022 session can be submitted here

Diversity Innovation Grants: The Diversity Innovation Grant program provides funding to support fresh, innovative programming ideas that foster diversity and inclusion among the kaleidoscope of communities at Johns Hopkins (JH). To learn more, click here.


Interested in joining the DLC? Our nomination period opens up during the Spring 2022 semester. For a listing of the 2020-2021 DLC Roster, please click here.

Annual Reports

See our annual reports here.