The JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion is our key strategic framework for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins. Established in October 2016, it is now undergoing an intensive process of re-evaluation and expansion, with a newly updated Roadmap strategic plan to be completed in fall 2021.
In his introduction to the 2016 Roadmap, university President Ronald J. Daniels said, “At a time when people and ideas flow freely and cross-pollinate in ever more surprising ways, our community must remain open to—and inclusive of—all. A rich diversity of people, background, experience, and thought is central to our work; to our missions of education, research, and service; and to our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression.”
He continued, “The JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion does not attempt to answer every question before us. Rather, it is intended to point us, urgently, toward a place where individuals will thrive on their own terms, and where we foster the kind of academic pursuit that attracts and supports a broadly diverse community. …It will, no doubt, evolve over time to reflect new and emerging approaches to diversity. But it will stand as a core accountability framework, where our progress—our successes, and failures—is subject to periodic evaluation and public accountability.”
In the Summer of 2020 President Daniels established the Roadmap 2020 Task Force, charged with re-assessing the first JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion and renewing our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion by beginning the process of moving toward a new set of robust commitments for the next five years. Through fall 2020 and early spring 2021, the Task Force and its seven working groups created 65 recommendations now under consideration by the community as a whole as the university crafts the next iteration of the Roadmap.