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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
June 5, 2013

Great Hall, Levering Hall, Homewood Campus
12:00 – 2:00pm


Present:  Yolanda Abel, Judah Adashi, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, James Calvin, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Stacey Finley, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Melissa Helicke, Susan Kuhn, Mindi Levin, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Pamela Paulk, Jennifer Reesman, Christopher Romero, Abha, Upadhyaya, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman;  Guests: Katie DeSousa, Fannie Gaston-Johansson, Karen Greene, Cherita Hobbs, Patricia Palmer, Bonnie Robeson, Michael Trush

I.  Welcome Remarks

Gwendolyn Boyd called the meeting to order and welcomed the chairs of the divisional Diversity Councils.  All individuals present introduced themselves and stated what School/Division they are from.

II.  Divisional Diversity Council Reports

Applied Physics Laboratory

Karen Greene presented on behalf of APL.  View the APL report here.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cherita Hobbs and Michael Trush presented on behalf of BSPH.  The BSPH Committee on Equity, Diversity and Civility (CEDC) held a panel discussion entitled “Living with Visible and Hidden Disabilities” featuring five speakers.  They will be holding two events next year and will share the information with the group.

Carey Business School

Bonnie Robison presented on behalf of Carey.  View the Carey report here.

Johns Hopkins Health Systems

Pamela Paulk presented on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Health Systems.  Pamela shared that they have just approved a five-year strategic plan, which includes several diversity related goals.  They will continue to survey faculty and non-faculty on engagement using individual surveys for each group.  She informed us of the number of departmental diversity councils with JHH as well as several Employee Resource Groups.  A new veteran’s Resource Group is in the early stages of forming but they look to hold their first social event on Veteran’s Day in November.  Lastly she stated that SOM does a faculty salary equity survey and analysis and for that there is a 3% gap in salary between women and men.  They are looking at ways to decrease this gap.

Milton S. Eisenhower Libraries

Katie DeSousa presented on behalf of the Milton S. Eisenhower Libraries.  View the MSEL report here.

Peabody School of Music

Patricia Palmer presented on behalf of Peabody.  View the Peabody report here.

School of Education

Yolanda Abel presented on behalf of SOE.  View the SOE report here.

School of Medicine

View the SOM report submitted by Chiquita Collins here.

School of Nursing

Fannie Gaston-Johansson presented on behalf of SON.  View the SON report here.

Open Discussion

DLC members asked for an update on the status of the Latino Alliance proposal submitted to President Ron Daniels.  Caroline Laguerre-Brown will reach out to his office for an update and report back.

III.  Approval of Minutes

The minutes from April 17, 2013 were reviewed and approved.

The meeting was adjourned.

Next Meeting:

Annual Retreat
August 20, 2013
12:00 – 5:00pm
Mt. Washington Conference Center


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.