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2012 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
December 19, 2012
12:00 – 2:00pm
Clark Hall, Room 110
Homewood Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Gwendolyn Boyd, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Byun, Chiquita Collins, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Stacey Finley, Sheila Fitzgerald, Melissa Helicke, Andres Hernandez, Abigail Hurson, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Ilene McCoy, Steven Ragsdale, Jennifer Reesman, Mark Ridderhoff, Christopher Romero, Mary Terhaar, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed everyone to the December meeting. The minutes from November 14, 2012 were reviewed and approved.

II.        Announcements

Caroline Laguerre-Brown shared that to continue the Gallup Poll discussion that began in October, Pamela Paulk, Vice President of Human Resources for Johns Hopkins Health Systems, and Debbie Sampson, class="st"Senior Director Talent Management and Organization Development, will be attending the January 2013 meeting. 

III.        Subcommittee Reports


Risha Zuckerman reported that the committee is continuing to iron out the specifics of the first diversity spotlight series product.  The group has identified books to be excerpted, two videos to include as well as connected with a Peabody student who is willing to be interviewed.  The group will continue to work on producing the project. 


Ashley Llorens shared that the first round of Diversity Innovation Grants has closed and recipients have been selected.  43 proposals were received from nearly all Schools/Divisions.  52% were from students, 38% from staff, and 10% from faculty.  They addressed challenges surrounding community outreach, cultural awareness, inclusion, LGBT issues, and civility.  11 DLC members comprised the selection committee and eight recipients were chosen.  Currently those names are confidential until all 43 applicants are notified on January 2, 2013.  A publicity push will be done throughout Hopkins after the recipients have been notified.


Sheila Fitzgerald reported that the committee is refining recommendations for Hopkins webmasters in terms of what should be the standard for disability inclusion on Hopkins websites.  Sheila has been in contact with the web master at the School of Public Health and has sent him the draft recommendations for feedback.  He also put Sheila in touch with a larger University-based webmaster group and she has asked to be on one of their future meeting agendas.  The committee also reviewed feedback from the Diversity Conference and submitted their topic ideas for next year’s Conference to Gwen Boyd and Risha.

Latino Faculty and Staff Association:

Christopher Romero shared that the committee has set a schedule to mark and monitor progress and have begun to get input from stakeholders.  They will begin compiling stakeholder comments after the new year.  Desiree de la Torre requested that if any Council member knows of a stakeholder group please contact her or Chris Romero. 


Andres Hernandez said that the committee recently learned that there is a staff member at Hopkins whose job it is to do what the committee wanted to do this year.  They are currently reassessing their goals for the remainder of the year.

Strategy and Assessments:

Given the January discussion of the Gallup Poll and how that may affect the committee’s work, Cheri Wilson questioned whether the committee should move forward with their work on Gallup or wait.  Consensus was that they should wait.

Open Discussion:

Steven Ragdale shared that he is leaving Hopkins as of January 15, 2013 and that this would be his final Council meeting.  He thanked Gwen and other leaders for moving this organization in a direction for good.  Gwen thanked him on behalf of the Council for his work on the Council and his passion and wished him all the best.

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.