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March 7, 2024

Johns Hopkins DEI Officer Leaves Over Controversial 'Privilege List'

Dr. Sherita Golden will step down from her position as vice president and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the institution announced Tuesday.

The official announcement, shared by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, came from Dean Theodore DeWeese and Executive Vice President Kevin Sowers.

"We are writing to share the news that after a great deal of reflection, Dr. Sherita Golden has decided to step down from her role as vice president and chief diversity officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine," the message stated.

"She has been a valuable member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership team, and, like many of you, we wanted her to stay in her role, but we respect her decision," it added.

Golden will transition to the role of the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism while remaining at the facility.

The announcement sought to reiterate the institution's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

"As Dr. Golden transitions to her diabetes research as a faculty member, we remain unwavering in our commitment to the principles and values of diversity, inclusion, and health equity. We will continue to address health disparities and increase retention and recruitment of diverse talent, all in service of the richly diverse communities we serve," the statement noted.

Acknowledging the importance of diversity to the institution's strength and leadership in medicine, the announcement expressed gratitude to Dr. Golden for her dedication to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity.

Johns Hopkins Medicine will initiate a national search for a new chief diversity officer and has appointed Inez Stewart, chief human resources officer, as the interim head in the interim.

Dr. Golden previously faced controversy over a newsletter she authored, which included a definition of "privilege" that stirred backlash.

Despite the apology issued by both Johns Hopkins and Dr. Golden, no disciplinary action was taken against her.

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