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2012 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Retreat
August 23, 2012, 12:00 – 4:30 PM
Mt. Washington Conference Center
Mt. Washington Campus

Present: Council Members:  Judah Adashi, Rebecca Barron, Gwendolyn Boyd (Council Chair), Carlos Braxton, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Buyn, James Calvin, Michelle Colder-Carras, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Desiree de la Torre, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Stacey Finley, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Janet Harding, Andres Hernandez, Abigail Hurson, Susan Kuhn, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Monica Moody Moore, Pamela Paulk, Steven Ragsdale, Jennifer Reesman, Mark Ridderhoff, Chrisopher Romero, Abha Upadhyaya, Cheri Wilson and Cynthia York; Council Staff: Alan James and Risha Zuckerman

  I.       Welcome and History of the Council

The meeting was called to order and Chair Gwen Boyd gave her welcome.  An overview of the Council’s achievements since its formation was presented. Vice Provost Caroline Laguerre-Brown took over as facilitator for the retreat.

  II.     Introductions

Each person introduced him/herself, told which unit they represented, how long they had served on the Council, and what their expectations were for the coming year.

  III.   Committees

Ms. Laguerre-Brown outlined the committees for the upcoming Council year.  There are three standing committees: Diversity Conference, Awards Recognition, and Membership Nominations.  The working committees were Assessments, Communications, Development, Disability, Hispanic/Latino Faculty Staff Association, Retention and Training and Education.  The Communications and Hispanic/Latino Faculty Staff Association are new subcommittees.  

  IV.   But, I Don’t Have Time! Given by Jinny Jacobs

Guest speaker Jinny Jacobs led the Council through a training on time management and prioritization of time to be able to devote ample time to work and volunteer services.

    V.   Small Groups

David Crouch led a tutorial for members on the new DLC Strategy Tool created to assist each sub-committee in concretizing their goals for the upcoming year. 

Members then broke into small groups, one for each sub-committee, to generate a list of deliverables/action items that could reasonably be achieved during this academic year. The large group reconvened after conclusion of the small group session and a representative from each sub-committee shared the list of deliverables.  The sub-committees’ action items are listed below.  No one joined the Training and Education group.  The meeting was adjourned.

Assessments Subcommittee (name changed to Strategy and Assessments)
Chair: David Crouch

  1. Promote strategy tools and reporting
  2. Analyze JHHS engagement survey
  3. Prepare DLC annual report

Communications Subcommittee
Chair: Carlos Braxton and Risha Zuckerman

  1. Have social media presence within three months
  2. Have our new DLC website linked on main JH website
  3. Produce diversity spotlight series

Development Subcommittee
Chair: Ashley Llorens and James Calvin

  1. Devise grant proposal and selection process
  2. Publicize grants and solicit proposals
  3. Award first round of grants

Disability Subcommittee
Chair: Sheila Fitzgerald

  1. Identify barriers surrounding disabilities
  2. Diversity awareness month for disabilities
  3. Develop mentoring program
  4. Make recommendations to reduce barriers

Hispanic/Latino Faculty Staff Association Subcommittee
Chair: Rebecca Barron and Fannie Fonseca-Becker

Newly formed Hispanic/Latino Faculty Staff Association Subcommittee will create proposal for leadership on the need for an institution-wide affinity group for the H/L faculty and staff community.

Retention Subcommittee
Chair: Eva DuGoff

  1. GAP Analysis: Labor and student data
  2. Report finding to appropriate leaders

Next Meeting:  September 19, 2012
Location:  Mason Hall, Alumni Board Room
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.