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2013 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
September 18, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Mason Hall, Room 201
Homewood Campus


Present: Judah Adashi, Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Gwendolyn Boyd, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, David Crouch, Irene Ferguson, Lisa Folda, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Melissa Helicke, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Ron Lambert, Liz Levine, Josue Martinez Hardigree, Joshua McIntosh, Monica Moody-Moore, Christopher Romero, Joel Schildbach, Mary Terhaar, Mark Wilcox, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Introductions

Gwen Boyd welcomed all to the first monthly meeting of the Council for the year and welcomed new members.  She also thanked all for attending and participating in the annual retreat in August.  She welcomed back Risha Zuckerman who was on maternity leave over the summer.   Gwen announced that President Daniels approved the Latino Alliance proposal and will be funding the group for its formation.  Congratulations to all involved.  Members then introduced themselves and stated what division they are from.

II.         Subcommittee Reports


Hoon Byun reported that the committee is rewriting the objective statements on the DIG application in anticipation of opening the program for the next round of grants on October 9.  The deadline for submission is November 15.  They currently have $22,500 total in funding to offer.  The committee will review applications and make decisions by the end of December with the goal to announce in early January.  They need to discuss the funding strategy for round three next year.


Risha Zuckerman shared that there are over 400 people registered for the Conference on October 14.  Please inform Risha if you were unable to register for a seat at lunch.  She will try to get you a seat as cancellations come in.  Volunteers are needed to direction attendees in the morning as well as to assist in registration.  If you’re able to volunteer please contact Linda Daley Atila in OIE.

III.       Diversity Updates

Caroline Laguerre-Brown shared four diversity related updates.

  • The President has approved the Latino Alliance and funding has been given.  OIE will provide administrative support to the group.
  • Due to the LGBT Resource Center proposal written by the DLC, a LGBTQ Life director (Demere Woolway) has been hired within Homewood Student Affairs. 
  • The MOSAIC Initiative has been funded for an additional year.  Since its inception in 2008 over 30 appointments have been made for URM faculty.
  • The School of Medicine is launching a search for a Chief Diversity Officer for its School.  The American Medical Association recently recommended that having a Chief Diversity Officer is a best practice for a medical school.

IV.       Subcommittee Goal Setting

For the remainder of the meeting sub-committees met to discuss and finalize goals for the year.  Each committee submitted these goals to Risha at the end of the meeting.

Next Meeting:
Diversity Conference

October 14, 2013
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.