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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
November 19, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Applied Physics Laboratory | Macaulay Conference Room


Present: Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Amanda Brown, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, David Crouch, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Melissa Helicke, Debra Janikowski, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Leslie Leathers, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Ilene McCoy, Shabnam Mousavi, Paula Neira, Christine Newman, LaDonna Pierce, Michael Polydefkis, Jocabel Michel Reyes, Joel Schildbach, La Toya Smith, Abha Upadhyaya, Tiana Warren, Aristea Williams, Cheri Wilson, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman

I.          Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Ashley Llorens welcomed all to the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and shared the annual APL report.  The September minutes were approved.

II.         Subcommittee Reports


Leslie Leathers thanked all who contributed to the DLC social media posts throughout the Diversity Conference.  The committee is still working to increase the visibility of our social media.  The spotlight on transgender issues will go public within the next week.  It includes an interview with conference presenter Dariell Peay as well as links to a variety of relevant information.  The next spotlight will be on veteran’s issues.  The HUB article on the DIG all-gender bathroom project should go live in the new few weeks.


Sheila Fitzgerald shared that the committee has completed taking photos for the DIG photobank project.  Five individuals participated and a final report needs to be submitted.  A memo will be sent to communication directors on all campuses to alert them of the photos and their availability.  Dan Hale offered to get the memo circulated through the Medicine communication directors.  The committee will meet soon to generate new goals and a tool to measure how pictures get used.  A discussion about accessibility standards in buildings ensued and it was decided to have Abby Hurson put on an agenda for a future meeting to provide information.

Diversity Innovation Grants:

Ashley reported that the committee is reviewing the 31 submitted proposals and aim to make a selection in mid-December.  In future rounds the committee is considered allowing all of the Hopkins community to vote on proposals.  They are still working through how the voting will be used.  Ashley is working with a larger university effort around crowd voting and how DIG will be included.  The committee will be using Ideascale to try out this round as a test for future use.  Risha Zuckerman outlined the newly developed training for DIG recipients that will be provided in January.  The training will cover financial procedures and the role of the DIG points-of-contact.

Faculty Development:

Jeff Gray and James Calvin met with Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, vice provost for faculty affairs and learned that mentoring programs are being designed and will be implemented soon.  They discussed making the Mosaic Initiative more open as well as having delegates from the DLC join the mentoring committee.  Members of the committee met with Caroline Laguerre-Brown and Cheryl about the Faculty Search Guide and provided feedback, which is being incorporated.  The committee is discussing the means to build a stronger connection to the vice deans for faculty at all of the schools as they can share data and bring us closer to initiatives.

Family Support:

Lisa Folda stated that the committee is looking forward to continuing delegation and conversations with leadership around the 2013-14 recommendations and response.  Selected members of the committee met with Michelle Carlstrom, senior director of Work, Life and Engagement, on October 23nd.  The two-hour meeting was very productive and the full committee was invited to meet with Michelle again.  Michelle was invited to come to a future DLC meeting to discuss ways the DLC could support Work, Life and Engagement initiatives.

First Generation Students:

La Toya Smith shared that the committee has gotten off to a slow start but they are looking forward to fleshing out their stated goals.  Ashley shared that Kevin Schollenberger, vice provost for student affairs, is very interested in engaging with the committee.

Gender Identity and Expression:

Paula Neira shared three updates from the committee’s most recent meeting.  They discussed promoting visibility for Transgender Day of Remembrance events (November 20). DSAGA held an event on November 17th, and on November 20th, will be screening the documentary The T Word with several of the cast members present. Gertrude Stein Society will be hosting a small get together in honor of TDOR on Thursday. The Baltimore Unitarian Church will be hosting an event on Thursday.  People are encouraged to share this information, and tweet with the hastags #tdor and #translivesmatter.  They discussed increasing the scope of the restroom project by creating a structure where people (anyone in the DLC, not just our committee) can do a survey of whichever buildings they work in.  People can share with us where they have seen single-occupancy restrooms in their buildings, whether or not they’re labeled as all gender restrooms. Lastly, they discussed what the steps to expanding trans-inclusive health insurance for staff and faculty would look like. Currently, students at Homewood, SON, SOM, and SPH have trans-inclusive health insurance policies.

STEM Pipeline:

Joel Schildbach indicated that the committee has received existing data on STEM programs at Hopkins for the pre-college level.  The committee intends to use it as a model to pull together similar data on programs for the undergraduate and graduate levels.  They’re working to identify people at all campuses to assist them in this effort.  Christine Newman, who helped collect the existing data, shared that they are looking to take the static spreadsheet and turn it into a fluid database through the Maryland Out of School Time Network.

Strategy and Assessments:

David Crouch stated that the committee is still trying to figure out its role under the assessments category.  They have connected with Sean Fahey, vice provost for institutional research, and see a potential collaboration there.  Risha has asked the group to review feedback from the follow survey from the Diversity Conference.  David and Ashley attended a meeting with Pamela Paulk and representatives from all of the diversity groups that report to her.  They learned of ideas that could be replicated within the DLC with the goal of information and resource sharing at the head.  The committee is working to bring the DLC closer to the Health System.  To engage more closely with University leadership, select members of the DLC will meet with President Daniels and members of his leadership team in December.  The meeting will focus on recommendations and responses from 2013-14. 

III.       Open Discussion:

Cheri Wilson informed the Council that her position will be ending at the end of January and she will no longer be serving on the DLC.  The group thanked her for her tireless work.

Next Meeting:
December 17, 2014

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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.