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 19th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference will be held on Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, 2022. The theme of the 2022 DLC Conference is Inside Out, reflecting the importance of expanding both our individual and collective capacities to make sustainable local, regional, and global change for people still impacted negatively by inequitable systems.

Registration for the 2022 conference is open until October 14, 2022, and can be found here.

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 2023. To see past winners, click 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 2023 semester. For a listing of the 2022-2023 DLC Roster, please click here.

Annual Reports

See our annual reports here.