Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: Committing to Racial Equity

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: Committing to Racial Equity

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Camilo Tellez started this petition to Johns Hopkins University Alumni

It has been one year since the brutal murder of George Floyd. As a result of the ensuing global protest movement, companies, organizations and academia began to reflect on racist and discriminatory practices within their institutions. As a result, we have seen some meaningful actions toward dismantling policies and practices that have created barriers to Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color for many decades. SAIS’ peer institutions are also taking up this mantle.  Unfortunately, we are not seeing evidence of similar forward thinking and action from SAIS. 


Therefore, SAIS now stands at a critical crossroads. Given its prestige and unique position as a shaper of future global policy makers, practitioners and academicians, it has the opportunity to positively shape the arc of history. It is essential that SAIS’ institutional approach to racial equity and justice evolves. We as alumni expect that SAIS be a leader and partner in driving global, social and economic policy that aims to reduce inequities and harm to vulnerable communities.  


As alumni, we are inextricably tied to SAIS' legacy and future. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that SAIS actively implements, for its students, faculty, and administration, anti-racist practices that positively impact the climate, culture and SAIS community. With the acknowledgement that institutions, like people, best hold themselves accountable by inviting others to hold them accountable, we urge SAIS leadership and administration to affirm and enact its commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


This petition is meant for, but not limited to, those concerned alumni of SAIS, current students, faculty (without retaliation), members of academia committed to real change, those who work in the humanitarian aid and foreign policy, and others who want to see a more equitable and just world. Our demands and asks included in the petition are the critical steps we see to achieving this


Thank you for your support.


SAIS Alumni and Allies 

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