DIG Awardees 2017-2018

Project Name: Connecting the Dots: Public Health as a Social Justice Practice

Project Lead: Anushka Aqil, Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Awarded: $2500

Outcome: Organized by LEAD (Liberate, Eradicate, Activate to Dismantle) at the School of Public Health, this project created and executed a series of trainings to facilitate a safe, diverse, civil, and equity-based learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Overall, 165 unique students, faculty, and staff across the Schools of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine participated in the six workshops organized by the LEAD team.

Project Name: Fun for Science Summer Day Camp for Inner City Students

Project Lead: Jie Xiao, Faculty, School of Medicine

Awarded: $2,500

Outcome: Jie and his team organized a week-long summer camp that helped primary school students explore the theme: “How to think like a scientist.” Each day, 17 rising 5th and 6th grade campers were fully immersed in science by performing experiments with Johns Hopkins and Baltimore scientists.

Project Name: De-Escalation Workshop

Project Lead: Jerrell Bratcher

Awarded: $2,500

Outcome: Jerrell and the Black Faculty and Staff Association partnered with Strategies for Youth (SFY), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit policy and training organization, to facilitate an interactive workshop called Juvenile Justice Jeopardy™. The workshop was created by SFY created as an interactive discussion and teaching tool, inspired by the TV game show, that teaches youth how to interact with police, teachers, peers in a way that avoids difficult situations. This project was picked up by the Office of Government and Community Affairs for future funding.

Project Name: Student Research Ambassador Program

Project Lead: Natalie Strobach, Academic Program Manager, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Awarded: $2,500

Outcome: This project fostered mentoring relationships between successful student researchers and undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who were interested in pursuing undergraduate research of their own. Natalie and her team hosted a series of events where these students came together to network and develop their research proposals. Dean Wendland saw promise in this program and provided funding to continue moving this effort forward.