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2013 - 2014 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
January 15, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Mason Hall, Alumni Board Room
Homewood Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Gwendolyn Boyd, Allison Boyle, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Chiquita Collins, Desiree De La Torre, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Charlene Hayes, Abigail Hurson, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Josue Martinez Hardigree, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Joshua McIntosh, Monica Moody-Moore, Pamela Paulk, LaDonna Pierce, Jennifer Reesman, Jocabel Michel Reyes, Christopher Romero, Joel Schildbach, Kate Weeks, Mark Wilcox, Aristea Williams, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman; Guests: Tara Berrien and Michelle Reid

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwen Boyd welcomed all to the meeting and thanked all for their notes and well wishes on becoming the next president of Alabama State University. 

The December minutes were approved with minor changes.

II.         Subcommittee Reports

Child Care:

Lisa Folda shared that the committee will be expanding to include family-friendly policies in general, not just childcare. They intend to make recommendations to administration on these types of policies.  They are waiting for the official announcement of the childcare center advisory committee but they are still hopeful it will include a place for a member of this committee.


Judah Adashi stated that Communications is working towards expanding the network of press contacts that Risha Zuckerman uses to disperse DLC information and announcements.  It will be shared with the full DLC shortly for other input.  The committee is focusing on the creation of this year’s edition of the spotlight series, which will focus on existing community partnerships at each school, the Hospital and Bayview Medical Center.  Each committee member was assigned a division to identify a partnership.  They will do an email interview with the person of three to five questions.  Questions are being formed now and the group has established clear deadlines. 

Community Partnerships:

Desiree de la Torre shared that the committee is figuring out the valuable impact they can have by narrowing their focus without duplicating the work of the previous committee.


Ashley Llorens provided an update of the Diversity Innovation Grant program.  He shared that 64 proposals were received; most requested the maximum $2500; the general employment and school/division affiliation; the challenges they addressed; the selection committee and the proposals selected.  He discussed the selection process.  There was discussion about asking current financial supporters of DIG to increase their donation.  Pamela Paulk asked for additional representation from JHHS on the selection committee next round.  It is expected that the Johns Hopkins Credit Union will be making a donation to the program during 2014.


No Disability report was provided.

Faculty Recruitment

No Faculty Recruitment report was provided.

Retention – Graduate Students:

Josue Martinez Hardigree shared that he recently met with Allison Boyle and Caroline Laguerre-Brown and through that meeting the committee was able to form clearer goals.  They will be looking at the annual diversity report to see areas of success at JHU and what could be improved.  They will be forming questions on their analysis. They intend to meet with Admissions about their diversity recruiting to help formulate future recommendations.  They will also meet with a sampling of individual departments to see what successful departments are doing to recruit and retain diverse graduate students.  Cheri Wilson suggested the committee partner with the SPH Committee on Equity, Diversity and Civility and Chiquita Collins offered to set up a meeting for them with Dr. Danny Teraguchi, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director, Office of Student Diversity, at School of Medicine.

Strategy and Assessments:

On behalf of David Crouch, committee chair, Risha Zuckerman shared that the committee will begin working on the annual report over the next few months.  She described the structure of the report for new Council members and what committees will be asked to contribute.

III.       Announcements

Caroline Laguerre-Brown introduced Tara Berrien and Michelle Reid who are new investigators in the Office of Institutional Equity.

IV.       Honoring Gwendolyn Boyd

DLC members shared well wishes for Gwen on her appointment to become the next president of Alabama State University.  Individuals thanked her for her service to the DLC and for being a role model to many. 

Next Meeting:  February 19, 2014
Francis X. Knott Conference Room

Bayview Medical 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.