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2013 - 2014 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
April 16, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Kenney Auditorium
School of Advanced International Studies


Present:  Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Allison Boyle Namandje Bumpus, David Crouch, Evan Davis, Dan Hale, Charlene Hayes, Melissa Helicke, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Liz Levine, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, LaDonna Pierce, Aristea Williams, Risha Zuckerman; Guest: Demere Woolway

I.          Welcome Remarks

Caroline Laguerre-Brown welcomed all to the meeting – the first to be held at SAIS.  Ron Lambert shared key facts about SAIS and thanked all for coming.  All provided brief introductions of themselves.

II.     An Unlikely Marriage: How Corporations Embraced LGBT Equality Before Anyone Else
        Deena Fidas, Director, HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program

Deena Fidas presented to the Council and took questions throughout. 

III.       Approval of Minutes

The March minutes were approved.

IV.       Subcommittee Reports

Child Care:

Risha Zuckerman provided an update on behalf of the members of this committee.

  • The subcommittee has a draft of their recommendations and is in the process of revising for submission to the President.  They intend to offer support to the plan for childcare, as well as urge consideration of other issues relevant to the JHU community such as tenure clock policies, and dual career hires.
  • One of the members was able to meet with the Committee on the Status of Women.  It is the committee’s hope to partner with them to urge ongoing attention to the issues raised in this report, many of which are ongoing. 
  • The committee will meet with Charlene Hayes on April 18th in order to learn from her insights on the history and evolution of the University's approach to work-life issues.
  • Lisa Folda will be attending the national level College and University Work Family Association Conference to be held here in Baltimore.


Risha Zuckerman shared that the committee is still on track to publish the spotlight series focusing on various community partnerships throughout Hopkins in April.  She will send the full Council the link to the webpage for review.

Community Partnerships:  No report provided.

Liz Levine reported on the success of the DIG supported Global Women in Leadership Conference.  Panelists and participants explored the political, economic, and social impacts resulting from women increasing their independence, connectivity and productivity by taking advantage of access to technology.  The event was well attended and received.


Risha Zuckerman provided an update on behalf of the committee.  The committee has five individuals who have agreed to be photographed and is working to schedule the shoots.

Faculty Recruitment:

Namandjé Bumpus shared that the committee is working on the final wording of their two intended recommendations: 1) a postdoctoral fellow to faculty program; and 2) greater transparency and communication for the Mosaic program.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch provided three updates on behalf of the committee.  David and Risha met with Zach Kosinski, Graduate Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs at UMBC, to learn more about diversity programming at UMBC and share the work of the DLC.  David, Keith Brock and Rochelle Arnold-Simmons will be meeting with Caroline to discuss the committee’s proposal to help the DLC be more visible and streamlined.  May 16th is the deadline to submit summaries to David for inclusion in the Annual Report.

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:

Demere Woolway introduced herself and the work of her office to the Council.

Next Meeting:
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.