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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
April 15, 2015
12:00 – 2:00pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room E9519


Present: Rochelle Arnold-Simmons, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Mindi Levin, Ashley Llorens, Monica Moody-Moore, Paula Neira, LaDonna Pierce, Christopher Romero, Alice Sady, Cal Streed, Jr., Tiana Warren, Aristea Williams, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman; Guests: Affan Sheikh, Jeanne Hitchcock, Kelly Barry

Welcome Remarks

Ashley Llorens welcomed all to the February meeting and introduced guests Jeanne Hitchcock and Affan Sheikh.  All present members introduced themselves.

Affan Sheikh, Business Development Officer, Office of Change Management

Mr. Sheikh shared an overview of a soon-to-be announced economic inclusion plan.  Details need to remain confidential until the formal release of the plan.

Approval of Minutes

The February and March minutes were approved with one addition.


Ashley shared information about the meeting that he, Jeff Gray and James Calvin had with Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, vice provost for faculty affairs.

The Awards Ceremony will be its usual small format as many of our ideas for expanding the event will be included in the new JHU Forums on Race in America series, on which Caroline Laguerre-Brown provided details.

All were encouraged to start thinking about final reports to be shared with the full Council in June.

III.        Subcommittee Reports

Faculty Recruitment and Retention:

The committee will be meeting with Caroline and Cheryl on April 23rd regarding the new Faculty Diversity Initiative.

STEM Pipeline:

The committee met with Cathy Lebo, assistant vice provost for institutional research, and will be looking to meet with students in STEM fields shortly.

Family Support:

Rochelle Arnold-Simmons reported on behalf of the committee and shared that the new director hired for the new childcare center.  The conversation on affordable childcare continues and several members of the committee will be meeting with Charlene Hayes, vice president for human resources, on May 1st.

Reports sent via email


Armed Forces spotlight to be released soon.  Finalizing last interview and article on the Military and Veterans Health Institute.  Aim to publish in mid-May.

First Generation Students:

La Toya Smith reported that she has a call with Kevin Shollenberger, vice provost for student affairs, scheduled to discuss the needs of FGCS.  Debbie Savage, director of student technology services, has been contacted about the need to create a website.

Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2015
Glass Pavilion, 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.