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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
December 17, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Henderson-Hopkins School


Present:  Judah Adashi, Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Amanda Brown, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Desiree De La Torre, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Jeffrey Gray, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Paula Neira, Christine Newman, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Tiffany Sanchez, La Toya Smith, Theresa Strawder, Akachimere Uzosike, Tiana Warren, Kate Weeks, Cheri Wilson, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman; Guest: Dwight Carr

I.          Welcome Remarks, Announcements and Approval of Minutes

Ashley Llorens welcomed all and thanked all for joining our first meeting at Henderson-Hopkins.  Risha Zuckerman will be sending members a survey about the spring DLC event.  All are encouraged to be open and think broadly.  There has been discussion about what role the DLC will play in a Hopkins-wide response to the events of Ferguson, MO.  Ashley and Caroline Laguerre-Brown will be in discussions with leadership about a possible event.  Members will be kept up to date on any decisions.  Ashley introduced guest Dwight Carr, STEM program manager at APL, who is joining the meeting.  The November minutes were approved.

II.         Subcommittee Reports

STEM Pipeline:

Christine Newman shared that the committee had its first meeting and agreed to focus on undergraduates and graduate students.  Their first goal is to define what STEM means to them and then collect data on retention and graduation for the defined majors.  The aforementioned spreadsheet of K-12 STEM programs will be used as a model for a spreadsheet of college and post-college programs.  The committee is soon to meet with Institutional Research to begin this work.


Judah Adashi reported the completion and publication of the fall spotlight: Transgender Issues.  It can be found here:  The next spotlight will be on the Armed Forces and include interviews and features on the Veterans for Hopkins Group and the Military & Veterans Health Institute.  They aim to publish in April.  Judah will be writing a one-page cheat sheet on the DLC’s social media and will distribute to the full DLC.  The goal is for this sheet to be used by members to increase our social media presence.  Risha will pull the Google Analytics data on the spotlight webpage for evaluation by the committee.


Sheila Fitzgerald shared that the photo bank project will be complete after Michael Polydefkis has his photos taken.  The committee intends to track how and where the photos are used throughout Hopkins.  There has been a great response so far from people.  The committee intends to engage facilities managers in East Baltimore around improving accessibility as their next goal.

Diversity Innovation Grants:

Ashley stated that the committee has met and made preliminary selections for the current round of grants.  They are still making decisions on partial funding for several grants.  They will be an opportunity to participate in a larger crowd voting opportunity and the committee decided to set aside 2/3 of the total funds for that and only use 1/3 of the funds for this current round.  Once decisions are finalized they will share the selections.  Now the committee intends to formulate a plan on how to use the crowd voting data.

III.       Tour of School and Informational Session

Dr. Annette Anderson, Assistant Dean for Community Schools at the Henderson Hopkins School, spoke to the group about the school, its work, population and goals.  She then gave the Council a tour of the school.

Next Meeting:  January 21, 2015
Centre Street Complex

Peabody Institute of Music


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.