Graduate Student Organizations

Graduate Representative Organization (GRO)

The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) works with specific divisions to represent graduate student interests (health insurance subsidies, compensation) to various levels of the JHU administration. The GRO organizes graduate student orientation, social events, sports activities, funds campus groups, and much, much more. Indeed, the GRO is proud to have earned the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students’ (NAGPS) 2000 – 2001 Outstanding Graduate Student Association award, its highest honor.

The GRO is made up of graduate student representatives from every department at Homewood. This group of representatives, the GRO General Council, elects an Executive Board for an annual term. Together, the Council and Executive Board are responsible for programming, advocating, and facilitating communication for graduate students on the Homewood Campus. The GRO also holds occasional programs with the student government on the Medical Campus.

Contact: Website, or 410-516-7682

Women of Whiting (WoW)

Women of Whiting (WOW) is a rapidly growing group composed of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows dedicated to providing women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields with community building, networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.

Contact: website


Graduate Association of women in Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

GRACE was founded in the fall of 2015 to foster networking and support between the graduate women of ECE and CS. The weekly lunches provide a supportive environment for mentoring and support between graduate students.

Anyone is welcome to join us, particularly women who are graduate students in ECE & CS.

Contact: website

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The purpose of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is to provide a support network whose ultimate aim is to promote the academic success of African, African American and Afro Caribbean graduate students at Johns Hopkins University.

Contact: website or

The Graduate Queer-Straight Alliance

The Graduate Queer-Straight Alliance supports graduate students in and around Homewood. Students may also like to explore the LGBTQ Life website for more information about what’s happening to support the LGBTQ communities at Hopkins.

Contact: Facebook Page

Indian Graduate Students Association (IGSA)

IGSA or the Indian Graduate Students Association is an association established with the purpose of promoting awareness of Indian culture, providing opportunities for social interactions and to showcase India as a nation. It has been put together to encourage programs of special interest to the Indian community and to promote healthy interaction between the different communities and members of Johns Hopkins University.

IGSA organizes get-togethers as well as celebrations of some Indian festivals. In addition, it organizes bus trips to places of common interests. Apart from the aforementioned activities, IGSA helps in arranging pick-ups and temporary accommodations for the new Indian graduate students. It is committed to the welfare of Indian students and in fostering socio-cultural and educational exchange amongst those who have an interest in exploring the Indian culture. The mission is to celebrate the radiant spirit of India and share it with the diverse student bodies at Hopkins.

Contact: website

Mentoring to Inspire Diversity in Science (MInDS)

MInDS is an organization that promotes diversity in science by fostering graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their career development. MInDS works with Faculty and Administration to develop effective strategies to identify, recruit, retain and support underrepresented groups. Through mentorship, networking, and improving community awareness, MInDs contributes to the universal effort to diversify academic researchers at colleges.

Contact: website