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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
December 11, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room E9519
East Baltimore Campus


Present: Judah Adashi, Rebecca Barron, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, David Crouch, Desiree de la Torre, Sheila Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Melissa Helicke, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Liz Levine, Ashley Llorens, Josue Martinez Hardigree, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Joshua McIntosh, Monica Moody-Moore, Jennifer Reesman, Jocabel Michel Reyes, Christopher Romero, Joel Schildbach, Abha Upadhyaya, Pawla Wenga, Mark Wilcox, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Gwendolyn Boyd welcomed all to the December meeting and the November minutes were approved unanimously.

II.         Subcommittee Reports

Child Care

Lisa Folda stated that the committee met with Michelle Carlstrom, Senior Director, Office of Work, Life and Engagement.  Michelle shared with the committee that there is a short term and long term plan for child care at Homewood and an announcement will be made in the spring.  The committee let Michelle know that the DLC is interested in this matter and can help bring attention to it or lend support.  Michelle wants a committee member to serve on the advisory board for the childcare planning committee.  The committee is also exploring the option of making own recommendations to the University President. 


No report provided.

Community Partnerships

Group met with Jennifer J. Mielke, the Director of Community affairs for JHU.  Jennifer indicated that the Institution currently has a number of community partnership initiatives going on.  She appears to co-sign on the idea that garnering cooperation from some of the institutions and departments is still a challenge, but also indicated that there are a large number of programs and activities taking place at JH.  One of the suggestions that we made involved attempting to create a database that truly encompassed ALL of what the institution is doing. This task would be massive and probably still miss some critical components, but it was agreed that we do need some better way to measure effectively what we are doing, to ascertain the amount of resources being allocated, and to identify crossover in services. Next recommended conversations include someone from the Center for Social Concern.


Ashley Llorens shared that there were 64 applications for DIG funding this year. The committee along with several outside participants will engage in a two stage selection process – voting round (now) and a final selection call.  A bigger report can be shared following selection.  There is $24,000 available to award now but the committee is always looking for more funds.  The Johns Hopkins Credit Union has promised $2,500 in 2014, which will start relationship.  The hope is they will commit to an annual contribution in the next few years.


Sheila Fitzgerald stated that the committee submitted DIG application for creation of a photo bank of Hopkins individuals with visible disabilities.  This award would enable improved advocacy for individuals with a diaability, demonstrate inclusivity and provide web site managers quality photos for use on key Hopkins websites.  Caroline Laguerre-Brown can be conduit to Glenn Bieler, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, for advocacy on this during the rebranding of main JH website. 

Faculty Recruitment

No report provided.


Josue Martinez Hardigree shared that the committee is in the information gathering phase.  They have a plan to examining data in terms of grad student applications; focusing on ethnicity and gender.  They will also be looking at peer institutions to see what they are doing that we could also implement to increase numbers.  There is also some interest in looking at staff retention.

Strategy and Assessments

David Crouch stated that the committee has decided not to analyze the last Gallup engagement survey.  Instead they will be meeting with Nina O’Hanlon from TMOD to discuss any role they may have role in the next survey administration. On the JHHS side, they talked about looking at a few of the JHHS points from the last engagement survey.  Additionally they are trying to come up with a bottom up strategy for the DLC.  The goal is to marry this new approach to some sort of top down strategy with concrete multi-year goals. 

III.       Open Discussion

Caroline shared follow up to the discussion surrounding making changes to the spring DLC event.  Feedback was collected and the newly formed committee met to make initial decisions.  The consensus was to keep the spring event to keep a visible presence but rebrand it along with programmatic changes.  The committee is looking to change the event from a passive event to something more interactive or engaging.  Please forward suggestions to Risha Zuckerman.  A discussion ensued regarding possible ideas for the programmatic changes.

Members discussed the question of low diversity in senior leadership positions at JHU and wanted to know what was the correct forum for asking the question.  Caroline suggested asking Charlene Hayes, Vice President for Human Resources for the University to a future meeting.

There is a newly formed Veterans for Hopkins group in the Health Systems although it is open to anyone affiliated with Hopkins.  For more information contact Risha.

Next Meeting:
January 15, 2013

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.