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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
February 24, 2015
12:00 – 2:00pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room E9519


Present: Shabina Bahl, Karen Bond, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Amanda Brown, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Lynne Jones, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Leslie Leathers, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Monica Moody-Moore, Charlene Moore Hayes, Paula Neira, Christine Newman, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Alice Sady, La Toya Smith, Theresa Strawder, Tiana Warren, Kate Weeks, Cheri Wilson, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman; Guest: Michelle Carlstrom, Director, Office of Work, Life and Engagement

Welcome Remarks and Approval of Minutes

Ashley Llorens welcomed all to the February meeting.  The January minutes were approved.  Risha Zuckerman introduced Whitney Price, a temporary employee in the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).  Lisa Folda introduced guest speaker, Michelle Carlstrom, Director, Office of Work, Life and Engagement.

Michelle Carlstrom, Director, Office of Work, Life and Engagement

Michelle provided an overview of the history of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement (WLE) and their many programs. She referred all to find additional information on the WLE website:  Programs she discussed included FASAP, JHSAP, Live Near Your Work, Discounts, crisis responses services, Safe at Hopkins, and family support, including childcare.  She provided examples of the data WLE collects to support and strengthen each program.  A discussion on childcare and the new center ensued.  Details were shared about how the center came about and the full array of options that need to be offered to better solve the current childcare problem.  Michelle also talked about WLE’s definition of inclusion as trying to support people as they move through different life phases in their early, mid and late careers.  Their goal is to find a group with a need and angle to get leverage to meet that need.  Ashley offered the use of the DLC as sounding board or for focus groups to help offer a diverse array of perspectives and feedback. 

II.        New Spring Event

Risha shared the history of the Awards event and the challenges of the event.  Following the completion of the events survey by DLC members, the Strategy and Assessments, Awards and Conference subcommittees analyzed the results and put together a recommendation for a new spring event.  The proposed event will include a panel discussion, round table discussions and conclude with the traditional presentation of awards.  The Awards committee will work on the specifics to produce this event.

III.        Subcommittee Reports


Leslie Leathers offered an update on the current spotlight on military affairs.  Rochelle Arnold-Simmons is conducting four interviews with various members of the armed forces.  Risha and Carlos Braxton met and will write up pieces on the Military and Veterans Health Institute and the Veterans For Hopkins Group.


Sheila Fitzgerald reported a summary of the meeting she and Michael Polydefkis had with SOM facilities manager, John Grinnalds. Mr. Grinnalds shared information on accessibility assessments and how they are done.  He said that he is willing to and has the funds to address any access issues.  He encouraged anyone to bring them to his attention.  The Director, ADA Compliance and Disability Services, in OIE convenes all facilities directors several times a year.  A member of the subcommittee should be included in those meeting to help provide a voice at the beginning of discussions.

Diversity Innovation Grants:

Ashley shared that the current projects are just getting started and have until the end of June to complete.  Over the next few meetings DIG project advocates will share updates with the DLC about the projects.  Risha detailed the upcoming crown-voting initiative of which DIG will be a part.  The new platform should be going live in early March.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention:

Jeff Gray shared that he, Ashley and James Calvin will be meeting with Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, vice provost for faculty affairs, next month to check in and see where the committee can help any initiatives on which she is working.  At the last committee meeting each member shared what exists in his or her division.  This led to the creation of an inventory database.  Future use for it has not yet been determined.  The group asked if someone could come in to discuss efforts around hiring.  Caroline Laguerre-Brown said that Charlene Hayes, vice president for human resources, would be the right person and that she could discuss the efforts that her office has been making as well.

Family Support:

Lisa thanked the group for inviting Michelle to present and shared how fruitful this collaboration has become.  The committee has a meeting with Charlene to check in and see in what other areas what they can be of use.

First Generation Students:

La Toya Smith shared that at the last committee meeting the group decided to use the same definition of first generation students as Admissions to be consistent.  Next they plan to contact institutional leaders in Student Affairs and Admissions.  The will also be conducting a peer analysis of website directed towards first generation students.

Gender Identify and Expression:

Pam McCann passed around and described the mini checklist for restrooms that the committee is going to publish and ask people to do for their workspaces.  They are also looking into getting an app created that maps accessible bathrooms at non-Homewood Hopkins campuses.  Currently there is an app for the Homewood campus.  La Donna Pierce shared two other items the group is discussing and trying to figure out how to take action around are: 1. Blood drives and the FDA regulations on how it classifies transwomen the same as gay men and, 2. The work and public statements of Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh who views “transgenderism” as a “treatable condition” and “disorder”.  More discussion is needed before action can be taken.

STEM Pipeline:

Christine Newman reported that the committee hasn’t had another meeting since their last one but thank you for all who responded to the request to info share on the Google doc. There is 36 items on the inventory of graduate and post-doctoral programs that support STEM.  They also have updated data to review as well.

Strategy and Assessments:

Ashley shared that the committee is still mulling over the President’s request to enhance the role of the DLC as the focal point for diversity on campus and how best to engage with affinity groups.

Next Meeting:  March 11, 2015
Great Hall, Levering Hall
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.