Fall 2019 Student Advisory Board Application


We are excited to announce that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University is launching a student advisory board in order to facilitate student input and engagement with the institute.

SNF Agora is a new academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening democracy by examining the root causes of polarization and developing and testing new ways to foster civic engagement, inclusive dialogue and the open exchange of ideas. The Institute will bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to support these efforts. SNF Agora draws its namesake and inspiration from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the life of the city that became a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.

The Agora Student Advisory Board

The SNF Agora Institute will select up to 10 Johns Hopkins students annually to serve on a student advisory board. The student advisory board will run on the academic calendar, beginning in Fall 2019, and will meet once per month. Student advisory board members will be expected to commit approximately 4 to 5 hours of their time per month. Participation is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Members of the Student Advisory Board will serve a one year term which will be renewable upon mutual agreement.

The student advisory board will work with the faculty, staff, and leadership of the institute both to raise awareness about and participate in the development of the Institute’s mission and presence on campus and in the broader community. Additionally, in an ongoing capacity, the student advisory board will:

  • Provide insights on ways that the Institute can embed/become relevant for the larger student population
  • Serve as SNF Agora Ambassadors on campus leading student engagement efforts including with relevant student groups, programs, etc.
  • Connect SNF Agora with non-JHU students for collaborations, outreach, engagement
  • Support efforts to create Institute programming, events, activities for broader community
  • Provide support for marketing and production of events, other activities of the Institute
  • Engage in selected focus groups to provide student perspective on projects (such as the design of the new building with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the development of relevant curricular and extracurricular offerings, specific program efforts, etc.)
  • Have access/opportunity to engage with SNF Agora visitors, faculty, distinguished scholars, and fellows for special events, dinners, etc.
  • Provide mentorship to new members and potential members of the student advisory board
  • Act as SNF Agora student representatives for meetings with faculty, trustees, elected officials, policy makers, and others

All interested students should complete the online application by Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Responses to application questions should not exceed 250 words.