New Cross-Institutional Student Advisory Committee

| November 18, 2022
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Note: This letter originally appeared as an e-mail sent to the Hopkins community on November 18, 2022.

Dear Hopkins Students,

We hope your semester is going well and you are finding time to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures we are having here in Baltimore. We are writing to tell you about an opportunity to serve on a new committee—the Cross-Institutional Student Advisory Committee or CSAC.

CSAC is a new universitywide advisory committee that will serve as a forum for students to discuss academic and co-curricular matters of broad interest to the university and provide advice and counsel about such matters to the university administration.

The new body will build on the success and learning of various advisory committees—including the universitywide Student Advisory Committee, or SAC, that was established during the COVID-19 pandemic and the PhD AdvisoryCommittee—and work to build and achieve consensus and offer input to university leaders through informed, collegial deliberation that draws on diverse student voices, thoughts, and experiences. Establishing the permanent council is also a critical goal of the Second JHU Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the CSAC will help ensure that student voices remain a critical part of the university’s work and planning.

Students are invited to apply for at-large positions on the CSAC using the application found on the Student Affairs website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 30, 2022.

Below is more detailed information about the CSAC membership and terms.

We look forward to launching this new universitywide committee and hope you will participate.


Rachelle Hernandez
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Janet Schreck
Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Nancy Kass
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education

CSAC Composition

The CSAC will comprise 16 students representing undergraduate and graduate students from all nine JHU schools. Eleven of the 16 students will be selected, from nomination and applications, to represent the following studentgovernance groups:

  • Bloomberg School of Public Health Student Assembly
  • Carey Business School Student Advocacy Council
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Representative Organization
  • Peabody General Assembly
  • School of Advanced International Studies’ Student Government Association
  • School of Education student will be appointed by SOE and transition to a representative from the SOE Board once established.
  • School of Medicine Graduate Student Association
  • School of Nursing’s Nursing Student Senate
  • Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Representative Organization (GRO)
  • Undergraduate Student Government Association
  • Undergraduate Multicultural Leadership Council

Should you wish to represent one of the governing bodies named above, please speak to the president of that organization about your interest.

The remaining five student members—including at least two undergraduate students—will be selected from the student body at-large via an annual application process.

The vice provost for student affairs, vice provost for graduate and professional education, and senior associate vice provost for academic affairs will serve as ex officio members of the CSAC. Their collective role is to convene the committee and serve as communication conduits to the president, the provost, and school leadership.

Term of Service

In general, the term of office of appointed members will be a minimum of one calendar year and a maximum of two calendar years, beginning on Jan. 1 and continuing for 12 to 24 months unless the member vacates the seat. No members shall serve consecutive terms.

To ensure continuity of experience on the CSAC, members of the inaugural CSAC will serve staggered terms for the first two years to ensure continuity for the future. Going forward CSAC members will be identified in the spring so that they may begin their terms at the start of the academic year and continue through the summer months to ensure we have capacity over the summer months to engage students for feedback if needed.