Thursday, March 16, 2017

Celebrating Diversity, Celebrating Nowruz

In our increasingly globalized world, diversity and inclusion are integral to excellence. This is especially true for global academic institutions like Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose raison d'etre is to prepare the next generation of leaders to tackle critical global issues. Because members of the at SAIS community hail from all corners of the world, it is not unusual for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate diversity through participation in on-campus events and student-run organizations.

On March 10, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Diversity Committee and SAIS Middle East and North Africa Club hosted a Nowruz celebration -- an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Several countries that share this holiday include Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

This event included remarks from Dean Vali Nasr, poetry readings, a performance from the Silk Road Dance Company, musical performances, and food.

Speaking of the Johns SAIS community and diversity, we had a very diverse applicant pool this year. For applicants who received and offer of admission from us, remember: the reply deadline for accepted MA applicants is is April 20 for SAIS Fellowship Recipients and May 1 for Non-Fellowship Recipients.