As an institution, Johns Hopkins University is deeply committed to the dignity and equality of all persons, regardless of who you are or where you come from. The university has formulated an ambitious Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion to articulate a shared understanding of the university’s focus and priorities (https://diversity.jhu.edu). Similarly, the Whiting School of Engineering values a diverse and inclusive community (https://engineering.jhu.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/).
Within the Center for Language and Speech Processing, we believe that our research mission depends on a diverse and inclusive community. Research advances require creativity, innovation, and varying perspectives. Ensuring that these qualities are present in our researchers requires us to have research programs that are accessible to and inclusive of researchers from wide-range and diverse set of backgrounds. We are committed to cultivating a culture that is supportive and welcoming.
Furthermore, awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion is especially critical for our research area since Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and other related fields have a long track record of underrepresentation of women and minorities.
Our students participate in multiple student groups that work to promote diversity at Johns Hopkins. You can learn more about these groups and associated programs here: https://www.cs.jhu.edu/diversity/.