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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
April 17, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room E9519
East Baltimore Campus


Present: Judah Adashi, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Eva DuGoff, Kate Demers, Lamees El-Sadek, Sheila Fitzgerald, Melissa Helicke, Andres Hernandez, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Christopher Romero, Mary Terhaar, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed everyone to the March meeting of the DLC.  The March minutes were approved with one addition in the Strategy and Assessment report.

II.         Subcommittee Reports


Risha Zuckerman reported that Communications is still on track to publish the Spotlight feature on disability issues in late April.


Hoon Byun shared that the workshop proposal on DIG was accepted to be presented at the Conference.  The group is still tracking the DIG projects awarded in the fall and expect them all to be wrapping up in the next month.  The first final report was submitted by the CTY DIG recipient.  The report shared that over 50 people took the workshop training provided by the DIG funding and 95% of attendees stated that they would use what they learned in their future work.  The group intends to use this and other final reports to help fundraise.  Currently fundraising additional funds is the group’s top priority because another round of grants cannot be awarded without additional funding.  Following a Council discussion it was decided that Gwen would make remarks about the DIG program and funding needs at the upcoming Awards ceremony.


No report submitted.

Latino Faculty and Staff Association:

Chris Romero reported that the proposal is complete and is currently being shared with readers.  They intend to submit to Caroline Laguerre-Brown and Risha for a final review before submitting to President Daniels.  The group intends to hold another interest meeting for all interested stakeholders to update them on the proposal and next steps.


Eva DuGoff stated that the group has a draft memo of final recommendations but still needs to finalize it.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch shared that the committee has only received three submissions for the annual report and need the rest from groups who have not yet submitted.  The goal is to have the report available in print at the Awards ceremony but this can only happen with prompt cooperation.  The group intends to submit recommendations regarding Gallup reporting to Carol Woodward and Pamela Paulk although it will be too late to be in place for the next roll out this June.

IV.       Open Discussion:

Eva requested obtaining an official update about the status of the LGBT Resource Center from the President’s Office either in person or in writing.

Eva then asked if the DLC could formally write a letter to leadership about the late timing of their official response to Ben Carson’s public comments.  The letter would encourage leadership to respond sooner even though their message was best.  Gwen and Caroline responded that it was within the DLC’s power to write and submit such a letter.  Eva will draft a letters with input from other members.

Ron Lambert stated that SAIS will officially host the April 2014 DLC meeting.

Next Meeting:
Diversity Recognition Awards Ceremony

May 8, 2013
2:00 – 3:30pm
Glass Pavilion
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.