Healthcare Watchdogs Urge Johns Hopkins University to Ditch DEI Department Amid President’s Controversial Statements

Healthcare Watchdogs Advocate for Removal of DEI Department at Johns Hopkins University

Amidst a growing wave of opposition to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, healthcare watchdogs are urging Johns Hopkins University to dismantle its DEI department.

The call comes in the wake of controversial statements by the university’s president, who recently apologized for characterizing all white people as ‘privileged’ and omitting the word ‘woman’ from a glossary.

President’s Apology Fails to Quell Controversy – Calls for DEI Department Elimination Grow Louder

The president’s apology for an email from Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Sherita Hill, which labeled specific groups as ‘privileged,’ has been deemed ’empty’ by critics.

Kristina Rasmussen, executive director of the anti-identity politics medical watchdog group Do No Harm, insists that Johns Hopkins should completely remove its DEI department and redirect resources towards preparing healthcare professionals.

Mobile Billboard Campaign Targets Johns Hopkins – Racism Accusations Against DEI Officer Highlighted

Do No Harm is spearheading a mobile billboard campaign around Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore campus and Washington, emphasizing the claim that “racism is still racism when a DEI officer says it.”

The organization argues that Dr. Sherita Golden, the Chief Diversity Officer, wields detrimental influence in the medical community, urging scrutiny into her positions within Johns Hopkins and the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

Email Controversy – DEI Officer’s List of ‘Privileged’ Groups Sparks Outcry

A controversial email, part of the ‘monthly diversity digest,’ listed groups such as white people, Christians, men, and English speakers as ‘privileged.’

The email drew widespread criticism, including from high-profile figures like Elon Musk and Donald Trump Jr. After facing public backlash, Dr. Golden issued an apology, acknowledging that the language used in the email was overly simplistic, poorly worded, and had the opposite effect of fostering inclusivity.

Johns Hopkins’ Recent History of Controversies – Glossary Controversy and Renaming Program

This isn’t the first time Johns Hopkins has faced controversies. In June, the university’s glossary raised eyebrows for erasing the word ‘women’ from the definition of ‘lesbian.’

Critics argue that transgender rights advocacy is overshadowing the recognition of women.

Additionally, Johns Hopkins made headlines in October for renaming a program due to the historical ties of the Donovan family, owners of slaves in the 19th century.

University Responds to Controversies – Glossary Not Approved by Diversity and Inclusion Office

Johns Hopkins released a statement clarifying that the LGBTQ Glossary, containing controversial definitions, was not compiled under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s auspices.

The definitions were not reviewed or approved by ODI leadership, and the language in question has been removed. The university emphasizes that leaders like Paula Neira and Sherita Golden have no involvement in the matter.

Historical Legacy Reckoning – Johns Hopkins University Addresses Ties to Slavery

In October, Johns Hopkins grappled with its historical legacy by renaming one of its programs, acknowledging founder Johns Hopkins’ ownership of slaves.

The university seeks to reconcile history with its values, reflecting broader societal discussions about institutions reckoning with their historical ties to slavery.