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2014 - 2015 Minutes

JHI Diversity Leadership Council Meeting
September 10, 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Great Hall, Levering Hall
Homewood Campus


Present:  Judah Adashi, Karen Bond, Allison Boyle, Linda Braun, Carlos Braxton, Keith Brock, Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Amanda Brown, Namandje Bumpus, Hoon Byun, James Calvin, Chiquita Collins, David Crouch, Irene Ferguson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Lisa Folda, Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Jeffrey Gray, Daniel Hale, Melissa Helicke, Abigail Hurson, Debra Janikowski, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Leslie Leathers, Mindi Levin, Liz Levine, Ashley Llorens, Pamela McCann, Ilene McCoy, Charlene Moore Hayes, Shabnam Mousavi, Christine Newman, Pamela Paulk, LaDonna Pierce, Michael Polydefkis, Jocabel Michel Reyes, Christopher Romero, Alice Sady, Tiffany Sanchez, Joel Schildbach, Jennifer Stewart, Theresa Strawder, Abha Upadhyaya, Akachimere Uzosike, Tiana Warren, Aristea Williams, Demere Woolway, Risha Zuckerman; Guests: President Ron Daniels, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, James Page

I.          Welcome Remarks

Ashley Llorens welcomed all to the September meeting of the DLC and welcomed President Ron Daniels and thanked him for joining our meeting.

II.        Remarks by President Ronald J. Daniels

President Daniels shared his responses to the general themes addressed by the DLC in the submitted questions.  He commented on expanding the diversity within leadership at Hopkins, the diversity planning process, and community engagement.  He then took questions from the group, which included questions on the role of alumni in diversity initiatives, how the DLC can be involved with the implementation and roll out of our recommendations, and unconscious bias training for all.

III.        Review and Approval of Retreat Minutes

The minutes from the July retreat were approved.

IV.        Announcements

We are now offering to put photos and webpages of members on the membership page of the DLC website.  If you are interested, please send a photo and/or website to Risha Zuckerman.  Risha shared that the Diversity Conference has 410+ registrants, which is more than last year at the same point in registration.  All were encouraged to register soon.

V.        Subcommittee Reports on Goals


Goal 1: Spotlight Series

  • Different format – more a collection of resources
  • First edition to focus on issues for transgender individuals and second edition will focus on veterans issues

Goal 2: Social Media

  • Increase presence and followers
  • Add a visual platform, such as Instagram
  • Any DLC member can have access to the accounts to post


Goal: Completion of Disability Photo Bank

  • Six individuals have been or will be photographed
  • Send memo to all communications directors about the photos, their availability, and potential usage
  • Create evaluation mechanism to see how many times the photos are used

Diversity Innovation Grants:

Goal 1: Procedural Changes

  • Financial and program training for all recipients just after award announcements
  • Work towards creating a web interface that would allow all of Hopkins to vote on applications

Goal 2: Fundraising

  • Plan to meet with leadership around Hopkins, both University and Health Systems, to discuss the program and possible donations

Faculty Recruitment and Retention:

The committee plans to change its name to Faculty Development. 

Goal: Look to create action plan for their recommendations and create partnerships

Family Support:

Goal 1: Meet with leadership regarding Work Life Advisory Board and the role of the DLC

Goal 2: Examine practices in other areas of Hopkins and see how to put in place at other parts of the institution

First Generation Students (FGS):

Goal 1: Create a broad definition for what a FGS

Goal 2: Do a peer review to see what programs exist for FGS

Goal 3: Research what FGS programs are already in place at JHU

Goal 4: Conduct a stakeholder meeting with FGS to learn more about their needs

STEM Pipeline:

Goal 1: Do a survey to collect information on existing programs in all areas of Hopkins

Goal 2: Examine best practices and share them

Strategy and Assessments:

Goal 1: Conduct a DLC stakeholder meeting with key leadership around Hopkins

Goal 2: Strength our connection to Johns Hopkins Health Systems

Goal 3: Redefine “Assessments”

Goal 4: Create the DLC Annual Report

Transgender Individuals:

The committee plans to change its name to Gender Identity Expression and Inclusion.

Goal 1: Gather resources for the Communications sub-committee spotlight series and DLC website

Goal 2: Review the best practices of the LGBT Consortium and see how to expand what currently exists at Hopkins to reach more campuses

Goal 3: Conduct an environmental scan.

Next Meeting:  October 22, 2014
Diversity Conference

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.