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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
January 21, 2015 | 12:00 – 2:00pm
Peabody Institute of Music


Present:  Judah Adashi, Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Karen Bond, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Amanda Brown, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Sheila Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Leslie Leathers, Mindi Levin, Liz Levine, Ashley Llorens, Ilene McCoy, Shabnam Mousavi, Christine Newman, LaDonna Pierce, Michael Polydefkis, Christopher Romero, Tiffany Sanchez, Joel Schildbach, Theresa Strawder, Akachimere Uzosike, Tiana Warren, Kate Weeks, Aristea Williams, Cheri Wilson, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman

Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Ashley Llorens welcomed all to our first meeting held at Peabody.  The December minutes were approved.

Judah Adashi welcomed all to Peabody as well and introduced Peabody Dean, Fred Bronstein. Dean Bronstein welcomed all to Peabody and thanked the DLC for its work.  He invited all to hear concerts by talented Peabody faculty and students.

Jenn Campbell, master’s student in piano with minor in composition at Peabody, performed a set of variations that she composed.

II.        Announcements

Ashley shared a summary of the strategy meeting that was held with the President and Provost as a means to establish a closer relationship with leadership.  Participating in the meeting along with the President, Provost and Ashley were Caroline Laguerre-Brown, David Crouch, Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Risha Zuckerman and Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy.  President Daniels asked the DLC to continue to enhance our role as the focus point for diversity on campus as well encouraged us to broaden our engagement with affinity groups.  He asked for us to participate in a Hopkins-wide response to the events in Ferguson, MO, which we agreed to do and have already begun participating in discussions.  The main topics of conversation were on faculty development and family support.  Thank you to Jeff Gray, Faculty Development co-chair, and Lisa Folda, Family Support chair, for helping David and Rochelle prepare for the meeting.  Within these topics, institutional data and keeping the DLC at the table of discussions were discussed.  President Daniels asked the group to reconvene in the spring and make this the start of an ongoing series of meetings.

Ashley provided details of an informational meeting that he and Risha Zuckerman had with Vanessa Francis, assistant director of local government affairs, earlier in January.  They shared information on the DLC and its work.  Ms. Francis shared information about the work of her office and where the DLC might fit in to help and provide knowledge.  The goal is to strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between Government Affairs and the DLC.

III.        Subcommittee Reports


Judah Adashi shared that the committee met via phone last week.  The next spotlight will focus on the armed forces.  Rochelle will be conducting interviews with an ROTC member, veteran, and an active duty service person.  Risha and Carlos Braxton will be meeting with the Veterans For Hopkins Group leadership and the leaders of the Military and Veterans Health Institute.  The committee is brainstorming ideas for increasing readers and page views.  The plan is to have both VFHG and MVHI push out through their networks as well as republish on Veteran’s Day in October and to reach out to Communications for help in general.


Sheila Fitzgerald discussed the new objective of the subcommittee, which is to speak with the Facilities Managers of the three schools on the East Baltimore campus regarding accessibility and barrier management.  Sheila urged all to complete the disability self-identification survey sent out by the Office of Institutional Equity and Human Resources.

Diversity Innovation Grants:

Ashley provided an update on the current DIG round.  Selections have been made from the 31 received proposals.  The committee selected seven projects and awards around $10,000.  DIG will be moving to a new crowd-voting platform for the next round, which will allow us to be more consistent with the University.  Details were provided on the seven recipients.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention:

Jeff Gray expressed the committee’s excitement about the strategy meeting with President Daniels and he will be speaking with David Crouch soon to receive specific feedback.

Family Support:

Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky reported that Lisa Folda went to the info session for the new childcare center and that people have applied for spots in it and will hear in the next few weeks if they got in.  Michelle Carlstrom, director of Work, Life and Engagement (WLE), asked Lisa to be on the interview committee for the director of the center.  Michelle and her colleague, Ian Reynolds, will be at the February DLC meeting to discuss WFE, its work, and how the DLC can help.  Anne-Elizabeth is serving as a DLC liaison to the Committee on the Status of Women.  The group will be hosting an event of featuring all of the people at KSAS and WSE who are working on gender issues in a broad way.  She will share event details with the full council shortly.

First Generation Students (FGS):

Risha shared a summary from La Toya Smith of the last meeting of the committee where they stated their semester goals.  They intend to clarify the JHI definition of FGS; identify FGS at JHI through key administrators; and assess the unique needs of FGS at JHI.  Discussion ensued about whether or not current FGS now they are called FGS and know there are services and offices in place to assist them.  The committee intends to meet with Kevin Shollenberger, vice provost for student affairs, to begin this discussion.

Gender Identity and Expression:

LaDonna Pierce shared that the committee is waiting to hear back from Human Resources with more information on health insurance for transgender individuals.  They are still working on the restroom survey and have created a mini checklist for people to use to survey their own building.  They will soon seek volunteers to help.

STEM Pipeline:

Joel Schildbach stated at the last committee meeting they finalized their working definitions of STEM and created a worksheet based on the preexisting database.  They sent the worksheet to the full DLC and asked for members to input information on any undergraduate and graduate level STEM programs.  The deadline for completion is February 6th.

Strategy and Assessments:

David followed up on Ashley summary of the strategy meeting with leadership.  They intend to work with Faculty Development and Family Support on what was discussed at the meeting.  Next on the agenda for the group is to begin discussions on how the DLC currently interacts with other affinity groups and create a proposed plan to increase and/or strengthen the interactions.

Next Meeting: 
February 24, 2015 | 12:00 – 2:00pm
School of Public Health, Room E9519


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.