Clubs and Groups
Américas is the only journal on campus dedicated to providing students interested in Latin American Studies a space to publish original research. The need for this journal becomes evident when considering the rise in Latin American related courses and study abroad programs in Latin American countries at Hopkins. As such, more students are engaging in research in this region. Of course, on a larger scale the rise of Latino population in the United States makes the study, research and debate a priority. This indicates that there is a demand for a forum in which to debate and express ideas related to Latin America and Latinos in the United States. The journal is funded by the Program in Latin American Studies and by fundraising events and grants.
JHUMUNC Model UN Conference
The annual JHUMUNC Model UN Conference takes place in February, but planning and preparation for it is a year-long process which begins in the fall. Staff members serve a variety of roles within the conference, presiding over one of more than 30 committees, maintaining conference technology and logistics, and managing JHUMUNC’s relations with the Baltimore community. Students interested in being a part of one of the nation’s largest Model United Nations conferences, are encouraged to apply for staff positions.
HopMUN Model UN Team
As the school’s official Model UN team, HopMUN participates in a number of conferences across North America, including at Harvard, McGill, and Columbia universities. They teach students how to not only form and communicate policy proposals but also how to convince even the most bitter rivals that the HopMUN solution is the right way to go.
Foreign Affairs Symposium
The Foreign Affairs Symposium is a student-run, non-profit speaker and panel series dedicated to raising awareness about current, pressing international issues. The group strives to foster constructive intellectual dialogue by creating a forum in which students and members of the Baltimore community may interact and engage with prominent global leaders.
Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium
Established in 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a widely acclaimed lecture series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University. The symposium is designed to present an issue of national importance to the university, as well as to the Baltimore and Washington communities. The symposium has established a reputation as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and analysis of issues at the forefront of the nation’s conscience. All events are free and open to the public.
As an outlet for student journalism, JHU Politik advocates for transparency, dialogue and tolerance of all viewpoints. JHU Politik is devoted to sparking conversations between students and faculty through respectful debate. To this end, JHU Politik seeks out the best in student writing and encourages readers to submit pieces in response to the articles published. Nothing is off limits. Political considerations link every aspect of modern life. Watch episodes of Politik Focus.
The parliamentary debate team at JHU competes as a member of the American Parliamentary Debate Association, where they have consistently been ranked as one of the top five schools in the country.
The Hopkins College Democrats are committed to enriching the political experiences of the JHU student body. Activities consist of issue discussion panels, BBQs, social functions, campaigning, debating and much more.
The JHU College Republicans’ primary objective is to increase political awareness on campus. Through their efforts, the group hopes to inform Hopkins students about candidates and issues at the local, state, and national levels. Equally, they are committed to presenting the views of college students to elected representatives. They host a variety of events throughout the year, which include policy discussions, panels, speakers, social gatherings, debate watch parties, and much more.
I.D.E.A.L. Voting club helps people discover what they think and feel and believe, and it opens them up to the idea of accepting what others believe as a way to understand. Sometimes having political debates forces us to think that we need to change everyone else’s mind. At I.D.E.A.L. they appreciate the idea of simply listening and learning.
Business in China
Business in China Association is a student organization committed to connecting Hopkins students who share an interest in expanding their understanding and involvement in business and political relations between the East and West.
Global China Connection
GCC-JHU is the official Global China Connection chapter at Johns Hopkins University. Global China Connection is a leading organization for promoting cooperation between premier students in China and the international community. A nonprofit student-run network of over 50 university chapters worldwide, the GCC platform creates unprecedented opportunities to build long-term relationships that will change the world.
The Johns Hopkins chapter of Amnesty International is a political action organization that campaigns to fight human rights abuses everywhere, locally and internationally. Amnesty is concerned with a wide range of human rights issues, including the death penalty, child soldiers, violence against women, torture, genocide, political prisoners, prisoner abuse, the arms trade, and business violations of human rights. Specific campaigns to be worked on are chosen by group members each year.
JHU UNICEF spreads awareness on campus and in the Baltimore community about UNICEF’s work and organizes speaker events and fundraisers to serve the organization’s cause.
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) JHU
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) strives to shift the conversation about North Korea from its politics to its people. LiNK conducts rescue missions to usher North Korean refugees to safety and aids their resettlement by providing one-on-one counseling, emergency financial assistance, and educational grants. LiNK is the only full-time grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises. LiNK JHU sheds light on not only the flagrant human rights violations occurring in North Korea, but also on lesser known topics such as North Korea’s flourishing black market, the capitalistic mindset of its youth, and the immense potential of North Korean refugees. Refugees are an unrivaled source of insight on the isolated nation and serve as channels through which information and resources can be sent into North Korea to expedite bottom-up change. Many have spoken at the United Nations, Congress, and TED. LiNK JHU fundraises to allow headquarters to continue rescuing and nurturing these individuals, and partners with think tanks, NGOs, and other LiNK chapters to foster dialogue both on and off campus.
Refugee Action Project
The Refugee Action Project seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore’s youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs, and making their acculturation simple and meaningful through volunteer tutoring and on-campus fundraising and awareness initiatives. The group tutors at Moravia Park Elementary school twice per week. The children encountered at Moravia (RYP students) come from various backgrounds – Nepal, Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, Congo, and so on. Tutors will be given required training for ESL teaching skills, conflict solving, and general tutoring. As tutors, they are responsible for supporting RYP students’ overall development and acculturation process, and tutors are encouraged to provide at least one service shift per week in order to build and maintain the relationship of trust between tutors and students.