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Baltimore Week

Early every academic year, SOURCE hosts Baltimore Week—a celebration of the Baltimore community through a social justice lens. This year our series of activities will be in person, and will highlight SOURCE’s three social justice commitments connected through the theme of "Baltimore Voices", featuring panel discussions, a mobile community classroom, film screening, and much more! The week will conclude on Sat, October 7 with our Fall Tri-School Day of Service. Read more below and register for events today!

*Events are open to students, faculty and staff from the Schools of Public Health and Nursing, and M.D. candidates in years 1-4 from the School of Medicine, except when noted

* Registration is required for all events except Happy Hour


Fri, September 29 | Baltimore Week Kick-Off Happy Hour

  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | BSPH 1st Floor Student Lounge
  • Join SOURCE and the Insoluble Fraction to kick off Baltimore Week! Bring in your donations for the Canned Food Drive, register for events happening October 2-7, and sign up to volunteer during the Fall Tri-School Day of Service!


Mon, October 2 | Start of SOURCE Canned Food Donation Drive

  • Donate non-perishable and unopened canned food to support SOURCE partnering organizations’ food pantries! Donations will be collected until Friday, October 13Co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins College Board (SOM), Master of Health Administration Student Association (BSPH) and the Department of International Health Staff Committee (BSPH). 
  • Drop-off Locations:
    • BSPH: Wolfe Street Building: Wolfe St. & Monument Street Entrances or E8527
    • SON: Lobby
    • SOM: AMEB Lobby


Mon, October 2 | Panel, "Community Engagement: Dispelling Myths, Providing Tips"

  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | SON Carpenter Room B
  • This panel discussion with SOURCE community partners, students, and faculty highlights ways to get involved in our Baltimore community, as well as a brief overview of SOURCE's justice-oriented work, programs, and service opportunities.  The purpose of this event is to listen to panelists’ reflections and lessons learned from their different roles and experiences in service partnerships with Baltimore-based organizations. Ultimately, we hope the conversation will activate audience members from across the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine towards specific steps they can take toward community engagement and social change in our city. 
  • Featured panelists:  


Thurs, October 5 | "Breathing Black", Film Screening followed by Talk-Back with Producer Tina Canady

  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | SON Alumni Auditorium
  • Together we will view "Breathing Black" (46 mins.) an original 2022 documentary by Baltimore-based artist Tina Canady.  Breathing Black follows nine Black Baltimoreans as they find joy amidst the global COVID-19 Pandemic and a summer of reckoning with the continued genocide of the Black body after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The documentary has been featured in Baltimore Magazine, the Columbia film festival, the Indianapolis Black documentary film festival, the Detroit Black film festival, and the Baltimore International Black film festival. After the screening, audience members will have an opportunity for a talk back with the producer and several of the documentary’s storytellers. 
  • The goal of this event is to activate audience members from across the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine by offering a different texture for health professionals to think about healing and practicing deep listening of Black residents’ experiences during Covid. Most importantly, we hope audience members are challenged to (re)consider and reflect on the dynamics of race/racism as a social determinant of health in Baltimore. 


Fri, October 6 | A Conversation with Ava Richardson, Director of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability

  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | SON Carpenter Room A
  • Hear directly from guest speaker, Ava Richardson, Director of Baltimore City Office of Sustainability. Ms. Richardson will share highlights, challenges, and insights of over a decade of experience leading public health initiatives, advocating for environmental policies, and managing programs designed to address social and racial inequities. The discussion will focus on justice-based perspectives and key priorities that intersect with the JHU Draft Climate Action & Sustainability Plan. Ms. Richardson is also a Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future Lerner Fellow since 2018 pursing her DrPH at Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • This event is hosted in accompaniment with the release of the university’s Draft Climate Action and Sustainability Plan, outlining JHU’s vision for a healthy, just, and sustainable future. Visit the JHU Sustainability website to read the Plan and provide your feedback or learn more about other upcoming events and town halls. 


Sat, October 7 | Fall Tri-School Day of Service

  • Various project times 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Meet at BSPH Monument Street Entrance
  • Join dozens of other volunteers from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine for a morning of service in our community! SOURCE partner organizations have identified urgent projects, including Commodore John Rodgers School, CASA De Maryland, and Thread!