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2013 - 2014 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
June 4, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Great Hall, Levering Hall
Homewood Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Byun, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Gray, Charlene Hayes, Melissa Helicke, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Josue Martinez Hardigree, Ilene McCoy, Pamela Paulk, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Joel Schildbach, Kate Weeks, Cheri Wilson, Risha Zuckerman; Guests: Cherita Hobbs, Karen Jones, Amit Patel, Bonnie Robeson

I.          Welcome Remarks and Introductions

Caroline Laguerre-Brown welcomed all to our final meeting of the year and thanked leaders from divisional diversity councils for joining us.  She also thanked all for attending the Awards Ceremony and remarked what a success it was.  She said a special thank you to Risha Zuckerman for the hard work that went into executing this event.  There were about 250 people there, the Baltimore City Mayor, President Daniels, and Gwen Boyd.

II.        Divisional reports

Applied Physics Laboratory:  Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Amit Patel.

  1. Affinity groups transitioned to employee resource groups and have begun working with administration.  They have identified the top three diversity issues at APL.
    1. Lack of under-represented minorities and women in leadership
    2. Lack of transparency of data
    3. Respect across job roles
  2. Visitors and evaluators of APL were asked to provide feedback on what APL should be working on with regard to diversity.  They are awaiting results.
  3. An evaluation was done on the selection and number of ATLAS students.  Challenges were identified in the selection process: educational bias, waiting too long to select students and having the best students no longer available.  The group would also like to increase the number of ATLAS student from 10 to 20.  Recommendations are being presented to managers and leadership for institution in the upcoming year.

Bloomberg School of Public Health: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Cherita Hobbs.

  1. The annual fall Committee on Equity, Diversity and Civility (CEDC) event was about diversifying senior leadership in the academy presented by Sharon Frees-Britt.  She presented and spent time with faculty and senior staff discussing the topic in depth.  175 faculty and staff attended the event.
  2. The CEDC faculty retention committee reviews faculty salaries to look at equity issues for minorities and women.  A Biostatistics faculty member is invited to present on these issues upon completion on the analysis.  The committee hopes to partner with Dr. Janet DiPietro, associate dean for research and faculty, to build a faculty mentorship program and ensure that it includes diversity.
  3. The CEDC is assisting the School to complete the report for re-accreditation with regard to diversity metrics, programs in place and their measurements.  They have submitted a draft report, including recommendations, to the faculty heading the re-accreditation process.  Also as part of the re-accreditation process, they are working on a diversity plan with the hope to put it and an executive summary on the School’s website.

Carey School of Business: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Bonnie Robeson.

  1. A history of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) was provided.  Currently they are looking to increase membership of the group and would like to expand to the Schools’ DC campus. 
  2. Kimberely Nash, diversity director at University of Maryland Medical Center, presented at the CDI’s annual event.  It was well-attended and received.
  3. The CDI held two happy hours (one on each campus) to enable faculty and staff to get to know each other better.
  4. Rachel Pickett, assistant director of Student Activities and Disability Services at Carey, gave a brown bag talk to faculty regarding their legal responsibilities and what the School offers.

Sheridan Libraries and University Museums: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by LaDonna Pierce.

  1. The Diversity Committee (DC) focused on issues surrounding food and access to healthy food in Baltimore.  They held three events related to food insecurity.  One of them featured speakers from the Center for a Livable Future who discussed food desserts in Baltimore.
  2. The DC participated in a volunteer day at Great Kids Farm, which is owned by the Baltimore City School System and provides food lunches as well as internship opportunities for high school students.

Peabody Institute of Music: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Judah Adashi.

  1. The Diversity Committee (DC) focused on increasing awareness and internal communications to make Peabody faculty, students and staff more aware of the multicultural events already taking place.  They also aimed to increase faculty and DC participation at these events.
  2. The DC held a panel discussion about the experiences of international students.  The DC has worked to build partnerships between international students and domestic students, faculty and staff to help them during US holidays.
  3. Next year the DC intends to focus on local issues as well as increasing the number of African-American students in the Conservatory.  They also intend to review search procedures and look at ways to diversify searches and leadership.

School of Medicine: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Chiquita Collins provided a review of the full report.

Bayview Medical Center: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Karen Jones.

  1. The Diversity Council (DC) works directly with senior leadership, many of who serve on the DC, to create programs and events around diversity and inclusion.  Successful programs and events included:
    1. Two leadership programs for under-represented minorities and women: Leaders to Leaders and ‘So You Want To Be A Leader’. 
    2. Diversity Council dialogues: this year was a forum for residents and staff, which featured Pastoral Care, Community Relations and the DC.
    3. The DC launched a civility and respect campaign with the help and based on the work of Dan Buccino and P.M. Forni.

Johns Hopkins Health Systems: Full report provided prior to meeting.

Major highlights from the past year provided by Pamela Paulk.

  • JHHS is in the midst of a search for a chief diversity officer and hopes to bring someone on board soon.
  • They have hired a diversity recruiter to develop relationships with organizations.
  • They have published their annual multicultural calendar.
  • JHHS consists of nine distinct organizations each doing their own diversity work.  Pamela highlighted a few achievements of several of these nine organizations.

II.        Approval of Minutes

The May minutes were approved.

III.        Subcommittee Reports

Family Support:

Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky shared the final recommendations of the committee.

  1. Promote, improve, and expand child care resources at Hopkins
  2. Promote and enhance WorkLife resources at Hopkins
  3. Establish and publicize transparent family-friendly policies for faculty


Sheila Fitzgerald shared that several photo shoots have happened and there are two people left to photograph.  Examples of photos taken were shown and well received by all.

Faculty Recruitment

Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky shared the final recommendations of the committee.

  1. Establish a fellowship to support independent, earl career researchers
  2. Create, distribute and follow best practices in faculty hiring
  3. Expand the Mosaic Initiative and leverage it for community building

Next Meeting:
July 29, 2014, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Annual Retreat
Mt. Washington Conference Center, Room 202


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.