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Diversity and Inclusion

The Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering is dedicated to a culture of inclusive excellence.

Inclusive excellence is a philosophical approach to higher education administration and processes that means attending to both the demographic diversity of faculty/students and the need for developing climates and cultures in institutions so that all have a chance to succeed in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine).
– National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM (2019)


Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE)

Formed by BME faculty and staff in 2020, the mission of the BME department’s Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) Committee is to create and maintain an environment in which all members of a diverse BME community feel included, welcomed, and celebrated.

Our vision statement:

The sustained excellence of our BME department relies on providing a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes and supports people with different backgrounds, experiences, and thoughts. We are dedicated to promoting principles of inclusive excellence in all aspects of our department, including teaching, research, and service. To provide everyone with an equal change to succeed, we will establish a supportive climate through active training, engaged discussion, and learning. We will support activities for greater social interaction, an appreciation of differences, and overall well-being. We will work to establish practices and policies that provide equitable environments for all, irrespective of identity.

To address historically underrepresented populations in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine), we will advance inclusive opportunities for individuals at all levels within the department. We will build strong, collaborative ties with the local Baltimore community and intentionally engage with the surrounding communities to positively impact our local society and culture. We will learn from diverse individuals and their experiences to co-create a journey of growth.

In our efforts toward inclusive excellence, we will create a diverse and equitable culture that is essential to innovation and progress in biomedical engineering.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to increasing diversity in the BME community through programs such as:


A hands-on, residential summer program for talented high school students that introduces concepts in biomedical engineering through project-based learning.

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Hopkins-HBCU Biomedical Engineering Pathway

A structured, year-long internship that equips undergraduates with the skills they need to prepare for biomedical engineering research careers.

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BME Application Assistance Program (BMEAAP)

A student-run program that supports PhD applicants through the graduate school application and admissions process.

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Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI)

An endowed PhD fellowship program awarded by the Office for the Provost that provides full tuition, stipend, health benefits, targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities.

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Rising Stars in Engineering in Health

A two-day, interactive professional development workshop intended to train and empower the next generation of leaders in academia.

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BME Distinguished Fellows

An accelerated career development pathway for talented and creative postdoctoral fellows who are pursuing interdisciplinary research.

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Alliance for Relevant and Inclusive Sponsorship of Engineers (ARISE)

A group of four leading research institutions that will work together to design and implement strategies intended to increase the number of faculty from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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The Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (FGJFEP)

A cluster hiring program at Johns Hopkins to encourage and support interdisciplinary cohorts of faculty with targeted community-building, leadership development, competitive start-up packages, and strong infrastructure supports. 

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