Reinstatement of Office of Student Diversity and DSIP sign now

On July 22, 2010, the current interns of the Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health were alarmed by the news that Dr. Kimberly Saunders' position as DSIP Program Director, as well as the Office of Student Diversity were being phased out. Finding ourselves in this situation raises earnest concern about the security of the Diversity Summer Internship Program and the Office of Student Diversity.

We believe that it is absolutely necessary for the Office of Student Diversity to remain and the DSIP program to continue through this office because of the auxiliary services and programming provided that make DSIP and all JHSPH student programming so successful. We have been informed that if the program were to continue, admission to the program would be rerouted to the Admissions Office of the School that adopts the program. We are writing to you to express the concern and support of this appeal against the decisions that have been made, of undersigned current and former DSIP interns and individuals with varying affiliations to this office and this program. The necessity of a program such as the Diversity Summer Internship Program and the direction of an individual such as Dr. Saunders and the Office of Student Diversity go without saying. This combination has made a positive contribution towards each and every student and intern's life and career. The influence of the program and office extend beyond the mere provision of summer experiences for interns or seemingly dispensable student services. As a result of this program and this office, many individuals have been encouraged to continue to make strides in careers that have the potential to improve the life situations of many individuals in our world. Students and interns also give some of their time to local volunteer programs as facilitated by the office.

Past students and interns have continued in this very spirit and are currently pursuing careers in Public Health, Medicine, and Research, and many of us continue to hold promise. Furthermore, many incoming and prospective students might never have the opportunities we have had, which include being exposed to faculty, programs and research environments that we have all had the honor of working with and participating in, and alas will never have the opportunity to benefit from the influence, inspiration and encouragement that is part and parcel of what is a truly indispensable office.

We as a collective voice come to you asking that you please hear our plea and consider these far-reaching consequences that may come with the phasing out the Office of Student Diversity. DSIP has made an impact that will not only affect our lives but the lives of all those connected to us. This impact is one it will undoubtedly continue to make if the office and program were allowed to continue.

We trust you will take into consideration all we have said and make the needed amendments. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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