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2013 - 2014 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
February 19, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Francis X. Knott Conference Room
Bayview Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Karen Bond, Keith Brock, Namandje Bumpus, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Charlene Hayes, Melissa Helicke, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Mindi Levin, Liz Levine, Ashley Llorens, Joshua McIntosh, Monica Moody-Moore, Jennifer Reesman, Christopher Romero, Joel Schildbach, Mary Terhaar, Abha Upadhyaya, Mark Wilcox, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Caroline Laguerre-Brown welcomed all and thanked Melissa Helicke and her staff for hosting our meeting and providing lunch.  The January minutes were approved.

II.        Announcements

President Daniels sent a university-wide message about Gwendolyn Boyd’s move to Alabama State University.  He will be accepting nominations for the next DLC president from both the DLC and the greater Hopkins community.  The DLC website has a list of the duties of the chair.  He plans to name a new chair this summer who will be on board for the August retreat.  Email nominations to

III.        Subcommittee Reports

Child Care:

Lisa Folda shared that the group is using the Princeton report as a basic for where to go next.  They are still waiting on the official announcement about the child care center advisory board.  They intend to look at the stop the clock policies and work on the transparency of said policies.  Lisa was told about the College and University Work-Life-Family Association conference, which is happening in Baltimore this spring.  They would like to have the DLC support the conference attendance of a committee member.  Lisa will send the information to Caroline for review.


Judah Adashi reported that the committee sent out the link to the Communications site map.  He encouraged all DLC members to update for their area.  Contact Risha Zuckerman or Juhah if help is needed.  For the spotlight series, members have sent the interview questions to the contacts and we are awaiting the return of all interviews.

Community Partnerships:

Desiree de la Torre reported that they are trying to narrow their focus.  They are considering collecting information to construct a metric on effort and dollars spent in partnerships.


Ashley Llorens shared that each committee member has been assigned to track at least one DIG project.  Grant recipients will be providing status updates to their point of contact.  Going forward, the committee will provide an overview of milestones achieved by a different grant at each meeting.  The ‘Indispensible Role of Blacks at JH’ will have five new inductees this year supported by their DIG.  They are discussing then long-term financial sustainability of annual inductees.  Their final report to the DLC will include thoughts on where future finding can be obtained.  DLC member James Calvin will be one of the five inductees.  He and the other four will be announced at the BFSA Juneteenth celebration.


Sheila Fitzgerald reported that she and Abby Hurson met with Hopkins photographer Will Kirk to discuss the approach to photographing individuals with visible disabilities as part of the committee’s DIG.  They are currently looking for more people to photograph and intend to put a notice in the Gazette and Medicine announcement system.  She asked that if anyone on the DLC knows of someone to ask please let her know or she can send you an email template to use to ask.  Caroline suggested they contact the Homewood student disability group about attending one of their events and photographing the group with their logo. 

Faculty Recruitment

Namandje Bumpus shared that the committee is considering which faculty recruitment initiatives to target for exploration.  They would like to raise awareness of the Mosaic program as well as create a community amongst Mosaic recipients.  They would like to encourage unconscious bias training through Caroline with search committees around the university.  They would also like to suggest that the Bloomberg professors be a diverse pool of faculty.  They are also learning about programs at schools, which allow post-doctoral fellows to transition into faculty positions to create a pipeline.  Caroline encouraged them to create the program that would exist at Hopkins while highlighting the peer institutions programs.  Mary Terhaar shared that Nursing has resources and templates in place as a result of a faculty development grant.  They could be used as a resource or foundation for a more widespread university program.

Retention – Graduate Students:

No report provided.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch reminded other committees that we are nearly the creation of the annual report and the committee will reach out to others in the next month or two.  It will be posted on the website and will be shared with our full contact list.  The committee is also looking at other institutional plans to see how the DLC can align our long-term goals with those.  They would like to have bullet point goals to present to Caroline in the next month to then decide to bring to the full DLC.  They also decided to discontinue working on Gallup survey analysis.  Caroline is asking for reports on certain diversity questions for posting on the website.  Cheri Wilson suggested that a conference workshop be offered where the Gallup results can be shared.

IV.       Open Discussion:

Risha informed the group that there will be an upcoming HUB article on the DIG recipients.  She also shared that she and a small group of members are working with a graphic designer to create a new DLC logo.

Melissa Helicke shared that earlier this week Bayview celebrated Black History Month culminating in a successful talk by Renee Blanding.  She intends to invite the DLC to this Bayview event next year. 

Caroline encouraged all to think about great champions of diversity for next DLC chair and to nominate them.

Desiree asked if all had read the letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun regarding the lack of diversity at the highest administrative level and its connection to President Daniels.  Caroline shared that the BFSA wrote to the President and its executive board will be meeting with him in the next few weeks.  She shared that the DLC can consider weighing in and hearing this reaction and plan to move forward.  He is already in discussion about this plan.  Caroline and Charlene Hayes can accept feedback to share with the President.

JH Medicine is in the process of hiring a new Chief Diversity Officer. This person will work with other diversity officers at Hopkins. 

Next Meeting:  April 17, 2014
SAIS, Washington, DC


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.