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2012 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
September 19, 2012
Mason Hall, Alumni Board Room
12:00 – 2:00pm

Present:  Yolanda Abel, Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Gwendolyn Boyd, Allison Boyle, Carlos Braxton, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, James Calvin, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Kate Demers, Eva DuGoff, Stacey Finley, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Janet Harding, Charlene Moore Hayes, Abigail Hurson, Susan Kuhn, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Ilene, McCoy, Steven Ragsdale, Jennifer Reesman, Mary Terhaar, Cynthia York, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd called the meeting to order.  She thanked everyone and, in particular, Risha and the Office of Institutional Equity for an excellent retreat.  She reminded all that there will be a group photo taken at 1:45pm thereby ending the meeting early.  She then welcomed new members to their first monthly meeting and the group went around and introduced themselves.  The minutes from June 6, 2012 and August 23, 2012 were reviewed and approved.

II.        Subcommittee Reports


Carlos Braxton reported that the committee set three goals at the retreat: 1) have a social media presence in three months; 2) have new DLC website linked on the main JHU webpage; and 3) produce a diversity spotlight series.  Currently the group has established a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ presence and began actively using them.  Caroline Laguerre-Brown will be meeting with Glenn Bieler, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, in the next few weeks to discuss putting the DLC website on the main JHU homepage.  Brainstorming on the diversity spotlight series will be done next.


James Calvin shared that the committee is currently working on the newly named Diversity Innovation Grants (DIG) description and requirements as well as a web-based application form.  They are reviewing University policies and protocols to stay in compliance when distributing funds.  Stacey Finley and Ashley Llorens will be facilitating a workshop at the Conference on the DIG program.  Stacey gave an overview of what will be covered in the presentation.  At this time Ron Lambert and Shabina Bahl are working with the JH Credit Union on funding contributions.

Diversity Conference:

Risha Zuckerman reported that Conference registration is under way and many workshops have reached capacity.  All are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  The Conference will be on Monday October 15th


Sheila Fitzgerald reported that the committee has finalized their goals for the year.  They are to 1) review Conference evaluations for disability-related workshops and analyze for recommendations for next year; 2) improve visibility and inclusiveness of people with disabilities on the Johns Hopkins websites by reviewing websites and creating recommendations to help standardize all content; and 3) develop a managers toolkit which will be a set of resources including articles, approaches, language, information on accommodations and how to talk with an employee about a disability to then release to the disability coordinators embedded in the divisions/school for wider release.

Latino Faculty Staff Association:

Fannie Fonseca-Becker shared that the committee has been actively networking to other Latino organization at Hopkins to have them work with the sub-committee on the proposal.  She acknowledged the members of the former LGBT group for their assistance.  They have received data on the numbers of Latinos/Hispanics at the School of Medicine and from the City of Baltimore.  They have had difficulty tracking the exact number of Latinos/Hispanics who are at Hopkins and look to Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Charlene Hayes and Pamela Paulk for guidance.  The group has divided into three sub-groups each with different tasks.


Eva DuGoff reported that the group has decided to focus on retention as it relates to exiting Hopkins.  The goal is to collect exit data, do a gap analysis and report findings to the President.  The group will be meeting with Caroline Laguerre-Brown at the end of October regarding how best to proceed and collect data. 

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch shared that the committee is working with all the sub-committees to use the new strategy tool and update it on a routine basis.  Pam McCann will follow up with sub-committees on a regular schedule achieve this goal.  The committee intends to report out quarterly on the overall progress.  The committee will also be working with Pamela Paulk to analyze specific results from the recent Gallup Survey.  David encouraged the full DLC to use the SharePoint site.  The group intends to create and coordinate a master strategic vision for the DLC using the mission statement as a basis.  This can help each sub-committee see how they fit into the larger vision and provide a foundation for better tracking of goals. 

III.       Open Discussion

On October 8, SPH CODC will be hosting their annual fall event entitled “Living with Visible and Invisible Disabilities”.  It will be in Sommer Hall at SPH from 12:00 – 1:30pm.

It was requested that the new Vice Provost for Admissions, David Phillips, present in the spring on the diversity of enrollment and trends just as John Latting has done in past years.  Risha and Caroline will work to arrange his presentation.

Next Meeting: 
November 14, 2012
Applied Physics Laboratory
Barton Room, Building One, Main Entrance


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.