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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
November 13, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Applied Physics Laboratory


Present: Gwendolyn Boyd, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Namandje Bumpus, James Calvin, David Crouch, Desiree de la Torre, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Daniel Hale, Melissa Helicke, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Ashley Llorens, Pam McCann, Ilene McCoy, Monica Moody-Moore, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Mary Terhaar, Abha Upadhyaya, Kate Weeks, Mark Wilcox, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwen Boyd welcomed DLC members to the Applied Physics Laboratory and handed out their annual report.  The June, August and September 2013 minutes were approved.

II.         Post-Conference Wrap-Up and Consideration for Future DLC Events

Gwen thanked everyone for attending the Diversity Conference and extended thanks to Caroline Laguerre-Brown and Risha Zuckerman for planning the Conference.

Caroline shared feedback on several of the most highly talked about workshops as well as comments on the exceptional keynote speaker.  She then spoke about the challenges surrounding the spring DLC Awards Ceremony and how a discussion will begin regarding potential changes to it and the Conference.  Limited discussion was held on several key items but Risha will follow up with an email to the full Council this afternoon.  Members are asked to respond to that email with their thoughts and indicate if they wish to join the Conference committee.  The committee is tasked with making decisions on how to move forward with both events.

III.       Subcommittee Reports

Child Care

Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky reported that the committee has a meeting w/ Michelle Carlstrom, Senior Director, Office of Work, Life and Engagement, to engage in a discussion.  Recently there was a town hall meeting chaired by Ms. Carlstrom and Dean David Andrews.  It was mainly an informational session on what is planned to happen and asking for input.


Risha reported that the committee is working on another edition to the Spotlight Series begun last year.  This year it will focus on community partnerships and will feature a program or individual from each division and Bayview Medical Center.  The goal is to publish it in April.  The committee is also working on a visual mapping of our current public relations contacts, identifying gaps and inputting personnel.  Finally the committee will begin analyzing from where our Conference attendees come and work to develop strategies to engage poorly represented locations.

Community Partnerships

Desiree de la Torre shared that the committee put out two questions on Conference survey and got great responses to both.  People were interested in attending events and promoting synergy of internal organizations.  The committee has reached out to Office of Government and Community Affairs asking what are the current synergies and how can we recommend some stronger vision for some of those connections.

The committee is working to defining clear goals for upcoming year.


Ashley Llorens shared what he and Anne-Elizabeth had presented in their Conference workshop: showed slides on last years awards; Linda Kress-McDonald came and talked about her experience and showed part of her video; did collaborative session like last year enabling participants to discuss issues.  Applications for the current round of Diversity Innovation Grants (DIG) are due on Friday.  After Friday the committee will complete the selection procedure with the aim to announce recipients in early January.  The committee is working on an informational package on DIG and plan to do a roadshow to leadership to fundraise. 


Sheila Fitzgerald reported that the committee decided to follow up activities from last year.  They intend to provide Hopkins web masters information on how they can show that Hopkins welcomes individuals with disabilities.  As there is currently a lack of visual images of individuals with disabilities on Hopkins webpages, the committee is preparing a DIG grant to prepare photo bank. 

Faculty Recruitment

James Calvin reported that the committee has met several times and has formulated the goal to review current recruitment practices and processes.  They intend to work with Caroline towards best practices document potentially creating an executive summary of the existing Resource Guide document.  A discussion regarding diversity awareness training for search committees ensued.  It was shared that both Caroline and Chiquita Collins can provide these trainings at the University and School of Medicine respectively.


No report provided.

Strategy and Assessments

David Crouch promoted the DLC SharePoint site that all members have access to and can use for document sharing.  The committee is rethinking its assistance in analyzing any future Gallup data for the Hospital based on the trouble of the previous year and inconsistent reports.  The committee is also working on a way to align grassroots DLC goals with the overall DLC strategy and greater institutional goals.

IV.       Open Discussion

Chris Romero shared that the Latino Alliance had its first meeting last Friday with over 30 people attending from all over JH.  There was lots of ideas and enthusiasm and the first goal is to get the website up and running next.

Next Meeting:
December 13, 2013
School of Public Health, E9519


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.