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2012 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
November 14, 2012
12:00 – 2:00pm
Applied Physics Laboratory

Present:  Rebecca Barron, Gwendolyn Boyd, James Calvin, Michelle Colder Carras, Chiquita Collins, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Stacey Finley, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Melissa Helicke, Abigail Hurson, Susan Kuhn, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Steven Ragsdale, Jennifer Reesman, Christopher Romero, Maria Veronica Sanchez, Mary Terhaar, Abha Upadhyaya, Cheri Wilson, Cynthia York, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed everyone to APL.  Following member introductions, Gwen thanked everyone and, in particular, Risha Zuckerman for producing another successful Diversity Conference. The minutes from September 19, 2012 were reviewed and approved.

II.        Subcommittee Reports


Risha Zuckerman reported that Caroline Laguerre-Brown met with Glenn Bieler who was excited to hear about our project and referred her to Lauren Custer, Director of Digital Strategy.  Caroline and Risha met with Lauren who has since added the DLC contact info to the main JHU Social Media page.  Risha met with Dave Alexander, editor of The Hub, who will forward her articles of diversity interest to pass on and he will work with us to cover future DLC activities such as the outcome of the first round of DIG.  They have identified the theme of disability issues as the first topic for the new diversity spotlight series and aim to have it out in January.  The committee encourages all members to post on the DLC social media sites to generate interesting content.


James Calvin shared that the workshop on the Diversity Innovation Grants (DIG) at the Diversity Conference was very successful.  Currently the program is accepting applications for grants.  Stacey Finley, co-presenter of the DIG workshop at the Conference, detailed the structure of the workshop and how the committee followed up with participants encouraging applications.  There is no new news on additional funding sources but the committee believes it will be easier once the first round of grants has been awarded. 


Sheila Fitzgerald report that the committee has set their main objective for the year – to develop recommendations for Hopkins websites to make disability issues and services more visible.  They intend to create a photo library of willing Hopkins individuals who have visible disabilities.  The Disability Service Coordinators are eager to receive these recommendations and photo library to utilize on their own sites.  The committee’s secondary objective is to review Conference feedback to identify what disability subjects are potential ideas to pursue for next year’s Conference. 

Latino Faculty and Staff Association:

Rebecca Barron reported that the committee has been focusing on data collection and the initial stages of assigning and drafting the proposal.  They are currently seeking stakeholders to interview and participate in the proposal.  She requested that if any member knows of a stakeholder group please contact Chris Romero.  The group will finalize the proposal deadline this week.


Eva DuGoff shared that the committee has refined its focus to examining the practices in place for faculty exit surveys.  The committee met with Caroline in October who suggested a meeting with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Barbara Landau as she will likely know what is already being done.  The group initially thought they could look at faculty, staff and student exit data but discovered it to be too large a task.  They hope to pursue staff and student issues in the coming years.

Strategy and Assessments:

Pamela McCann reported the committee is currently collecting the updated strategy tool documents from all committees.  Cheri Wilson shared how Pamela Paulk asked the group to analyze results from 12 questions of the recently completed staff Gallup survey.  A group discussion resulted questioning the overall analysis strategy of the Gallup results.  A larger Gallup discussion will be added to a future agenda when the appropriate experts can attend.

Open Discussion:

It was announced that member Janet Harding has recently left Bayview Medical Center for a new position at a hospital in Frederick, MD. 

A moment was taken to acknowledge the passing of Question 6, allowing for same sex marriage.

Next Meeting:  December 19, 2012
Clark Hall, Room 110
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.