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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
March 20, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Harvey Board Room, Alpha Commons Building
Bayview Medical Center


Present: Judah Adashi, Rebecca Barron, Karen Bond, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Sheila Fitzgerald, Abigail Hurson, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Jennifer Reesman, Christopher Romero, Mary Terhaar, Abha Upadhyaya, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed everyone to the first DLC meeting held at Bayview Medical Center.  The February minutes were reviewed and approved with two changes to attendance.

II.         Subcommittee Reports


Jen Reesman reported that the committee has the final draft of the letter of recommendations regarding faculty retention and practices at JHU.  The group found that there is a variety of exit surveys in place but that they are not always utilized fully for a variety of reasons.  The three final recommendations are 1) the DLC should be given the opportunity to review faculty exit surveys for diversity and inclusion questions prior to being fielded; 2) expand existing surveys to include non-tenure-track faculty; 3) ask the Provost Office to better understand and document the needs of non-tenure-track faculty.


Risha Zuckerman reported that the committee is nearly finished with the Diversity Spotlight focused on disability issues.  The goal is to still publish in mid to late April.


Ashley Llorens shared that committee continues to track the progress of each of the DIG projects.  Letters will be sent to Deans of the schools of received DIG funding sharing details about their recipients and ask for funds.  A feature in the Gazette was also published.  Ron Lambert reported that he has been speaking with Fritz Schroeder, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations about potential funds for the DIG program.  Fritz intends to speak with President Daniels advocating funds for the program.  There are two proposals out to the Johns Hopkins Credit Union and the SAIS vendor, Guest Services.  Allied Barton is the next target for a proposal.  The committee is also looking internally at recommending departments donate end-of-year sweep-up funds to the program.  At this point the committee looks to have another round of funding in the fall but that is contingent on funding.


Sheila Fitzgerald shared that she and Abby Hurson met with a group of web advisors and shared the recommendations regarding creating a welcoming and inclusive website. They also had a brief discussion about web accessibility and need to plan a follow up discussion surrounding recommendations.  The group agreed to put the recommendations on their internal site and will communicate these recommendations going forward with web revisions in the various divisions.  They also agreed to reconvene the web accessibility think tank with help from the subcommittee and the Office of Institutional Equity.  Abby reported that the committee is going forward with creating their own images for the photo bank of Hopkins individuals with visible disabilities.  Currently they have one student and one staff member who have agreed and will likely shoot in East Baltimore and Homewood in April.

Latino Faculty and Staff Association:

Rebecca Barron stated that the committee has decided to include students in the proposal for an association and to change the name to the Latino Alliance.  They are currently waiting on data to include and will then be ready to submit the proposal.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch asked the other committees to submit their annual report paragraphs.  The committee would like to create the first draft as soon as possible.  Please send by next Wednesday.  The group will also develop a single page document on the overall strategy for the DLC to share at the retreat.  The subcommittee will submit recommendations to the Johns Hopkins Gallup team regarding data analysis and reporting.

IV.       Open Discussion:

Risha Zuckerman reminded the Council and the Awards Ceremony is on May 8th.  Workshop submissions for the Diversity Conference are due next Friday, March 29th.  All members should be looking to generate or submit proposals.

Karen Bond will be sending out an invitation to the DLC to attend the lecture given by Ronald Ferguson at the Center for Talented Youth on April 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00pm on the achievement gap.

Ron Lambert invited the Council to meet at SAIS next year.  After discussion the consensus was that members are willing to take the day to travel to Washington DC.  Ron will work with Cheri Wilson to invite someone from the Human Rights Campaign to speak to the DLC after the meeting. 

Desiree De La Torre let the committee know about the next Social Determinants of Health Symposium – Action for Equity.  Information can be found on the Provost Office website.  She also asked about the Homewood Community Partnership Initiative.  Mindi Levin will share details about the Initiative and connect people to Andy Frank and Salem Reiner who are leading the initiative.

Regarding the Council’s annual retreat Risha will send out several dates in mid-August for the Council to vote on.  The date with the majority of votes will be the date for the retreat.

Next Meeting:  April 20, 2013
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room E9519
East Baltimore 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.