This 2022 review is divided into five areas critical and relevant to questions of democratic engagement on campus: coursework, events and programming, elections and voting, local community engagement, and overall democratic culture. These five areas constitute specific ways in which universities can promote the aforementioned democratic knowledge, skills, values, and behavior requisite for active participation in the democratic process, and so provide a comprehensive perspective into the extent to which a university is effectively promoting democratic engagement.
This report was written with assistance from a number of students, and from staff in the offices of the Provost, Development and Alumni Relations, and the President. To complete the review, the team relied on registrar and orientation data, surveys, interviews, an audit of innovative peer practices, and publicly available information. The hope is that this report stimulates an ongoing conversation on how Johns Hopkins might consider strengthening its approach to democratic engagement.