Commitment to Our Communities

Johns Hopkins University is nested in local, national, and international communities. The university is not only in Baltimore—it is truly and proudly of Baltimore. As the city’s largest anchor institution, firmly rooted in the city’s past and its future, we feel the constant pull of urban issues.

We are connected in a similar way to our larger national and international communities. Our education, research, and medical care extend to every corner of the country. And no academic institution has demonstrated a greater commitment to the developing world, or played a larger role in seeking to remedy the impact of the gaping disparities in wealth, health, and education around the globe.

Our university has the capacity to contribute so much to the communities of which we are a part. We must galvanize our intellectual and moral strengths—for the betterment of our communities and the betterment of ourselves.

The Goals


Enhance and enrich our ties to Baltimore, the nation, and the world, so that Johns Hopkins becomes the exemplar of a globally engaged urban university.

Our ideas, our passion, and our energies can contribute so much to the multiple communities of which we are a part. And those communities enrich us as well. Our partnerships outside the university enhance the educational experience for our students and strengthen our scholarship and research, and give expression to our founding mission to educate scholars who will advance the societies in which they dwell.

This has been a pivotal period for the partnership between the university and Baltimore, as exemplified by the investments in East Baltimore Development Inc. and the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, and our leadership role in opening the first new public school in East Baltimore in 25 years. More broadly, the university led policy discussions on emergent national issues in areas such as gun control and the Ebola epidemic. And through the reach of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, SAIS, Jhpiego, and others, the university expanded its leadership role as innovators in global health and international affairs.