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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
January 16, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
School of Public Health, Room E9519
East Baltimore Campus


Present:  Yolanda Abel, Judah Adashi, Rebeccca Barron, Gwendolyn Boyd, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Michelle Colder Carras, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Stacey Finley, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Melissa Helicke, Susan Kuhn, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Rachel Lee, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Ilene McCoy, Pamela Paulk, Jennifer Reesman, Mark Ridderhoff, Christopher Romero, Maria Veronica Sanchez, Abha Upadhyaya, Risha Zuckerman;  Guest: Debbie Sampson

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed everyone back from the winter holidays.  She thanked Debbie Sampson and Pamela Paula for joining us and answering our questions on the Gallup survey.

II.        Gallup Presentation

Pamela Paulk presented a high-level summary of the recent Gallup survey including the questions asked and the results of some of the questions.  This year was the first year that the University participated in the Gallup survey for staff only and add slightly different questions from what was asked to Johns Hopkins Health Systems faculty and staff.  Debbie Sampson shared a summary of what the University has done during its first year utilizing the Gallup survey and the next steps to ensure the success of the survey in future years.  Copies of the presentations were made available to Council members only.

III.       Announcements

Approval of the December minutes is tabled until the next meeting, as are the general sub-committee reports.

Michelle Carras requested that the DLC consider how access to existing resources and processes may be difficult for people with psychiatric disabilities and asked that the DLC investigate processes for dispute resolution that facilitate communication for people with psychiatric disabilities/psychological distress.

Caroline Laguerre-Brown announced that due to Risha Zuckerman’s maternity leave and her medical leave this summer we will be moving up several Conference-prep and other DLC administrative items to ensure they are done before the leave begins.  She also shared that the Conference sub-committee needs additional members and if anyone is interested to please let Risha know.

Chiquita Collins shared that a new Spanish urban health program will soon be on Azul Radio and encouraged all to listen.

The Latino Faculty Staff Association sub-committee stated that they have four stakeholder responses but would still like more.  Please share any contacts you have with an Latino affinity group on campus.

Next Meeting:  February 20, 2013
Mason Hall, Alumni Boardroom

Homewood Campus


Did You Know?
  • In 1893 Florence Bascomb became the University's first female PhD.
  • Christine Ladd-Franklin was the first woman to earn a PhD at Hopkins, in mathematics in 1882. The trustees denied her the degree and refused to change the policy about admitting women; she finally received her degree 44 years later.
  • As of 2009-2010, the undergraduate population was 47% female and 53% male.
  • Hopkins researchers took the first color photograph of the whole earth from space in 1967.
  • Hopkins researchers confirmed the authenticity of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948.
  • In 1948 Hopkins researchers discovered Dramamine's effectiveness in alleviating motion sickness.
  • Kelly Miller was the first African American to attend Johns Hopkins University. Admitted as a graduate student in mathematics in 1887.
  • In 1890, five Baltimore women, four of them daughters of Hopkins trustees, organized the Women's Fund Committee. Martha Carey Thomas, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Mary Gwinn, Elizabeth King, and Julia Rogers raised money needed to establish the School of Medicine with the condition that the school accept women.
  • In 1999, Johns Hopkins University became one of the first major institutions to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees.
  • The Diversity Leadership Council presented the first annual Diversity Leadership Awards in 2003.
  • The Diversity Leadership Council organized the first Diversity Conference in 2004.
  • There are 36 Nobel Prize winners associated with Johns Hopkins University.
  • More than 10,000 University alumni currently live in 162 countries.
  • Johns Hopkins international research and training sites, programs, and offices are in 134 countries.
  • In 1947, Ralph Young, M.D. became the first black medical doctor at Johns Hopkins. He was a syphilis expert and was appointed by A.M. Harvey, M.D., head of the Department of Medicine.
  • The Hopkins Center for Social concern provides a base for more than 50 student-run programs that serve Baltimore communities.  In 2009-2010, more than 1,500 students performed nearly 80,000 hours of volunteer work through these programs.
  • Vivien Thomas, a medical technician to Surgeon-in-Chief, Alfred Blalock, M.D., was one of the most famous blacks at Johns Hopkins. He trained surgical residents and is recognized for techniques he perfected in treating congenital heart defects.
  • Roland Smoot, M.D. became the first black physician with admitting privileges at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1965. He was the son of a post office employee and a domestic worker.
  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. Dr. Q, is a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins and author of "Becoming Dr. Q." When he was just 19, Dr. Q jumped the border fence between Mexico and the United States and labored as a farm worker until he could save enough to earn an education and become a U.S. Citizen.
  • Johns Hopkins enrolls undergraduates from all 50 states and more than 71 nations.
  • The seminar method of instruction was introduced in the United States by a Johns Hopkins University postdoctoral student.
  • The JH Sheridan Libraries and Museums have 4,395,668 volumes on its shelves.
  • In 1879 Hopkins researchers discovered the sweetening agent saccharin.
  • In 2004 Hopkins researchers sent a spacecraft to Mercury to orbit the planet and see, for the first time, the majority of Mercury's surface.
  • The Peabody Conservatory collaborated with the National University of Singapore to create the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore's first and only conservatory of music.
  • Gertrude Stein studied at the School of Medicine from 1897-1902, though she did not receive a degree.
  • In 1991 Estelle Fishbein, former University General Counsel, became Johns Hopkins' first female vice president.
  • In 2011, the LGBT Community at Johns Hopkins joined the OUTList on National Coming Out Day.
  • The first three JHU bachelor's degrees were conferred in spring 1879.
  • There are more than 25 undergraduate multicultural student organizations at Johns Hopkins.
  • The Diversity Leadership Council has representation from all major Johns Hopkins University entities, Johns Hopkins Health System, and the Applied Physics Laboratory.
  • The Diversity Leadership Council has more than 40 members, who represent more than 30 departments and all campuses.
  • The Mosaic Initiative is the first University-wide Initiative to focus on the recruitment and retention of individuals that are under-represented in the JHU faculty including women and persons of color, across all divisions and units.
  • JHU age demographics are slowly changing: Our age demographics have shifted, with Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960) and Traditionalists (born before 1943) leaving our workforce while Gen X (born 1961-1981) and Gen Y (born after 1981) joining in greater numbers.

    Staff are the youngest, Deans/Executives are the oldest: In the second quarter of 2012, the average age of Deans/Executives is 55, Professorial Faculty is 50, Bargaining Unit is 49, Senior Staff is 46, Non-Professorial Faculty is 45, and Staff is 42.