Skip Navigation

2013 - 2014 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
March 24, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Alumni Board Room, Mason Hall
Homewood Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, David Crouch, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Gray, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Monica Moody-Moore, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Mary Terhaar, Abha Upadhyaya, Kate Weeks, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Caroline Laguerre-Brown welcomed all to the meeting and the February minutes were approved.

II.         Subcommittee Reports

David Crouch shared information on the B’More Proud conference being held on March 30 and which is being partially supported by a DIG.  The conference is being organized by a student group and will have leaders from the LGBT community to participate as well as students at Hopkins and other local schools in attendance.  The target audience is undergraduates at all Baltimore schools.  The benefit is that it shows the larger community how diverse and inclusive Hopkins is.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch stated that the committee is getting close to having recommendations to an overall strategy for the DLC.  They intend to share with Caroline initially before sharing with the full Council.  The recommendations are broken down into two areas: structure and strategy.  Under structural goals they will examine how the DLC functions and ways to better promote strategy communications.  Under strategy the goals will better align up with larger JHU strategies.  They intend to complete this process with the new DLC chair.

Faculty Recruitment:

Jeff Gray reported that the committee is beginning work on drafting recommendations.  They intend to recommend created of a postdoctoral-to-faculty program.  They have peer models and are designing how it would work at Hopkins.  They will be looking at the Mosaic program and putting forth recommendations on how to make it more visible and increase funding. 

Child Care:

Jeff Gray shared that the Child Care committee has broadened to include all family friendly policies and issues.  Caroline shared a best practices document from University of California.  They will be making recommendations on stop the clock policies and will be getting those to Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Barbara Landau who will, in turn, disseminate to the Vice Deans for Faculty at the schools.  Lisa Folda will be attending the College and University Work-Life-Family Association conference being held in Baltimore in early May.  There may be a creation of a Work-Life Advisory Board and it’s likely a DLC member will be invited to join.


Carlos Braxton shared that the committee has four interviews with JHU community partnerships and hopes to have six to eight total in the end.  They are still on track to publish the spotlight series in April.


Sheila Fitzgerald provided an update on the progress of creating the photo bank.  They have five volunteers and hope to get more through advertisements.  The group may explore purchasing stock photos to ensure a large enough photo bank.  Sheila will speak with Brent Mosser for contact information for the Homewood student disability group. 

Community Partnerships: No report provided.

Retention – Graduate Students: No report provided.

III.       SAIS

Ron Lambert and Risha Zuckerman provided details on the April DLC meeting at SAIS.  Deena Fidas from the Human Rights Campaign will be speaking to the Council on the current LGBT issues in the workforce, both domestically and internationally.  Risha will provide parking and transportation information and create a shared document where members can input carpooling options.

IV.  Awards Ceremony Update

Caroline confirmed that Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would be participating in the Awards Ceremony, which will be held on May 6th from 3:00 – 4:30pm in the Glass Pavilion.  President Daniels will be participating and Gwen will be returning to be honored and, hopefully, receive the key to Baltimore City.  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids will be performing.  Risha will be purchasing buttons of the new DLC logo for Council members to wear.

V. Open Discussion:

Caroline provided an update on the DLC Chair nominations.  There has been a steady stream of nominations but still need more.  She wants to present a full list to the President.  She will be meeting with the President on the best strategy to select a new chair but likely a smaller list with be created and vetted.  The new chair should be a senior member of the Hopkins community, have a proven track record on diversity and wants to be in the public eye to speak about diversity and inclusion.  The goal is to be as transparent in this process as possible.

Next Meeting:
April 16, 2014

Kenney Auditorium
School of Advanced International Studies

May 6, 2014
Celebrating Diversity
3:00 – 4:30pm
Glass Pavilion


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.