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Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (Krieger and Whiting Schools)
Darlene F. Saporu, PhD, joined Johns Hopkins in March 2016 as the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. In this role she provides strategic vision and programmatic leadership on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Dr. Saporu is charged with leading and assessing progress in diversifying the faculty, postdoc, and graduate student populations within Hopkins. She is also responsible for facilitating efforts and collaborating with academic departments to develop and implement effective strategies that foster inclusion and engagement.
Dr. Saporu comes most recently from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, where she served as the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion since 2012. In that position, she developed and implemented policies and programs designed to increase recruitment and retention of diverse groups, and supported an inclusive campus culture.
Throughout her career, Dr. Saporu has focused on building collaborative approaches to advancing underrepresented groups in higher education. At Johns Hopkins, she worked with faculty leaders to launch the Homewood Council on Inclusive Excellence, a group of campus-wide stakeholders who assess institutional climate and lead the process of culture transformation.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a Powers-Knapp Scholar and a McNair Scholar. She earned a PhD in sociology from Ohio State University, where she also served as a research associate on the NSF ADVANCE/Project Comprehensive Equity, developing strategies to increase the representation and advancement of women and minorities in STEM careers.