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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
February 20, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Alumni Board Room, Mason Hall
Homewood Campus


Present:  Yolanda Abel, Judah Adashi, Rebecca Barron, Karen Bond, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Charlene Hayes, Melissa Helicke, Abigail Hurson, Susan Kuhn, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Ilene McCoy, Monica Moody Moore, Jennifer Reesman, Christopher Romero, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed members to the March meeting and stated that all looked forward to hearing committee reports following the extensive Gallup poll discussion last month.  The December and January minutes were approved.

II.         Subcommittee Reports


Risha Zuckerman reported that the subcommittee is steadily working on this year’s edition of the Diversity Spotlight Series.  The edition will have three interviews (two students and one staff member), a book excerpt, a video of the SPH panel discussion, and a list of further reading options.  The edition will be done and released on the DLC website by late April.


Hoon Byun shared that DIG awards have been given out and the various projects are being tracked by committee members.  Members are working with recipients to establish milestones and get periodic updates as well as participate in event attendance.  Ron Lambert discussed how the committee is looking into possible sources of funding for round two of grants to bring in at least $15,000.  He has three meetings scheduled over the next few weeks with possible donors.  One of those meetings is with Fritz Schroeder, JHU class="st"Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.  The intent is to discuss larger donors as well as how to approach current JHU vendors for donations.  The committee will also look at submitting a proposal to the President’s Office as well as contacting JHU/JHMI departments and offices regarding end of the fiscal year sweep-up funds.  The committee is also exploring how to make donating attractive to external donors by potentially have multiple levels of high donors who can associate their name with a particular award recipient.


Sheila Fitzgerald reported that the committee has submitted requests to several experts to submit workshop proposals for the Conference.  The group has also finally identified a list of JHU stakeholders who should receive the web accessibility best practices that they have created.  Following today’s meeting, Abby Hurson and Sheila will be meeting with Kim Pipkin, Manager of Enterprise Web Services who works with the Web Collaboration Committee, which is a mix of Communications and IT professionals at JHU.  The group is hoping Ms. Pipkin will consider putting up the sub-committees recommendations.  Abby shared that JHU has a web accessibility website and hopes that the committee will help update the site and promote its linkage on other JHU sites.  The committee is still working on creating a photo bank of images of Hopkins members who have disabilities.  Caroline Laguerre-Brown shared news about her presentation to the Institutional Compliance Oversight Committee on the emerging risk of web accessibility and how the University needs relevant policy and office support.

Latino Faculty and Staff Association:

Fannie Fonseca-Becker reported that the committee has submitted its first draft of the proposal to Risha Zuckerman for initial feedback.  The group’s confirmed that now is the right time to do this to support this group.  She made an open call to Council members to read the proposal and provide feedback.  The current deadline for submission to the President is March 18, 2013. 


Eva DuGoff shared that after meetings with several members of administration the committee became unclear on how they could support and encourage.  They are currently working on two recommendations; 1) Applaud and encourage Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Barbara Landau to do a faculty exit survey, keep the group advised of progress; 2) Encourage the Provost Office to investigate the use of non-tenure-track faculty at JHU and to better understand the needs of this group.  The committee also decided to include data on how other Universities support non-tenure-track faculty through officials and/or offices. 

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch shared that it was time for the committee to begin creating the DLC’s Annual Report.  Last year was the first year and was done in a newsletter type format and then presented to President Daniels with each committee contributing.  The same approach is to be done this year.  Each committee is asked to write up their accomplishments for the year in the following format: 1) What the committee said it would do and what it did; 2) works in progress; and 3) aspirational goals for the future.  First drafts are due to David by March 15, 2013 and the committee will have the final version by the end of March.  David will send out last year’s report to give people an idea of the format.  A group discussion ensued on distribution of the report.  In addition to sending to President Daniels we will distribute at the Awards Ceremony, put on the DLC website and send to Deans as well.  Each subcommittee is also asked to send updated strategy templates to Pam McCann as soon as possible.

III.       Open Discussion:

Desiree De La Torre asked the Council if the DLC should review and participate in the newly announced Homewood Community Partnership.  Gwen suggested that members read through it and then we can prepare a statement and offer services. 

Risha Zuckerman shared that the DLC is currently accepting nominations for the Recognition Awards as well as proposals for workshops at the Diversity Conference.  Next week we will open membership nominations.  Current DLC members whose terms are expiring this year will be notified next week and can let Risha know if they intend to end their term or wish to continue.

Next Meeting:  March 20, 2013
Harvey Board Room

Alpha Commons Building
Bayview 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.