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Diversity Innovation Grant 2013 Recipient Announcement

DIG is an initiative of the Johns Hopkins (JH) Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to support fresh, innovative programming ideas that foster diversity and inclusion among the kaleidoscope of communities at JH.

The JH Diversity Leadership Council, founded in 1997, serves as an advisory body to President Ron Daniels and is comprised of students, faculty and staff from all divisions at Johns Hopkins. DIG is the latest initiative put forward by the Council as part of its mission to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion for all members of the Hopkins community.

The DLC would like to thank the Johns Hopkins Office of the Provost, Johns Hopkins Health System Human Resources and Johns Hopkins Hospital General Services for sponsoring this round of DIG.

We are pleased to announce our 2013 grant recipients!

Amelia Buttress Enhancing STEMM Pipeline through Mentor Training

Victoria Schneider, Center for Talented Youth and Daniel Teraguchi, School of Medicine

Students from underrepresented communities who are interested in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) need mentors; faculty who are interested often hesitate because they are unfamiliar with effective mentoring practices. This project seeks to address both problems by providing professional development for Hopkins faculty and thus a starting point for STEMM mentoring. Ms. Schneider and Dr. Teraguchi will conduct three seminars for interested JHU faculty focusing on specific challenges for underrepresented minority students, ways to create mentor relations and an educational environment that counteracts those challenges, and ways to sustain a learning community among faculty to continue improving mentoring.

Improving Cultural Competence in the Pediatric Clinical Setting through Simulation

Maria Trent, School of Medicine

As part of ongoing efforts to train future physicians, Dr. Maria Trent in Adolescent Medicine will build on her work in this area by offering trainees the opportunity to practice their skills in cultural competency. Targeting graduate level trainees completing the adolescent medicine clerkship (student), required or elective clinical rotation (pediatrics, med-peds, and internal-medicine residents), and pediatric fellows within the Children's Center, Dr. Trent will offer a series of simulation exercises using standardized patients to allow students, residents, fellows, and staff to experience cultural communication scenarios and receive feedback for ongoing improvement as a part of clinical training and leadership development.

Blue Jay's Perch Community Garden: Community Kick-Off

Noemie Keller, Whiting School of Engineering

As soon as spring begins to warm up Baltimore, the Blue Jay's Perch Community Garden (at Johns Hopkins Eastern) will hold a Community Kick-Off Event to celebrate its third growing season. The BJP's model of inclusivity and partnership, through its use of partner plots (requiring collaboration between Hopkins affiliates and non-affiliates) and committee structure, is best advanced through events such as these, which bridge connections in the unified meeting space of the garden. The garden brings together people of all backgrounds in a non-academic setting to share in giving back to the community. The Kick-Off will celebrate good food, music, and neighbors-all in our unique space for cross-cultural learning and teamwork.

Motivational Video for Support Services Staff

Kristian Hayes and Sandy Johnson, Department of General Services, Johns Hopkins Hospital

This project seeks to recognize and validate the work of the 1,224 support staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital. These support staff, who are 91% African American and typically live in the JHH neighborhood, have a tremendous impact on patient care: they disinfect patient rooms, sanitize public restrooms, deliver patient meals, and transport patients and materials around the hospital. And yet they are often underappreciated and overlooked. Working with the marketing department, the Department of General Services will create a motivational video, in which leaders and clinical staff from around the hospital can express the support staff's importance in making the hospital a high-quality, safe place for patients to heal.

B'More Proud LGBT Leadership Summit

Lucy Delgado, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

B'More Proud, a student network that aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) and ally students in the Baltimore metro-area, will hold this year's B'More Proud LGBT Leadership Summit at Johns Hopkins. The Summit's goal is to create a competent and empowered population of LGBTQI student leaders. Students will engage in a formal city-wide LGBTQI student leadership alliance that creates a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQI college students and promotes service within the larger Baltimore community.

Diversity and Disparity in Medicine: Lunchtime Lecture Series

Mark Wilcox, School of Medicine

The Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) program will establish a lunchtime lecture series to promote a diverse physician workforce by inspiring low-income high school students from Baltimore City to pursue a career in health care. At each lecture, a faculty member from an underrepresented group in medicine will discuss their personal career trajectory, health care disparities, and opportunities for increasing diversity in health care. Faculty members will also invite students to two half-days of shadowing. These clinical opportunities will allow each student to gain insight into the life of a clinician and increase her/his desire to pursue a health care career.

Diversity Panel Series

Sherrod Wilkerson, School of Nursing

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will establish a series of three interactive panel discussions to promote respect, support diversity, and enhance inclusion. The panels will cover the following topics: 1) the experiences of transgendered and lesbian or gay individuals in the healthcare system, 2) international cultural humility - navigating the challenges of providing healthcare or being a patient abroad, and 3) the role of men in nursing.

First Annual SAIS Pride Conference on Gay Rights in US Foreign Policy

Mark Radin, School of Advanced International Studies

As the LGBT community in the U.S. celebrates a number of recent political and legal victories, new fronts in the battle for equal rights are emerging globally in countries such as Russia and Iran. In response, SAIS Pride in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, will host the First Annual SAIS Pride Conference. Panel discussions and networking opportunities will provide a forum for Hopkins students to explore avenues for policy change in support of a common message of tolerance around the world.

Development of a Photo Bank of Individuals with Visible Disabilities for Inclusion on Hopkins' Websites

Sheila Fitzgerald, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Websites are key portals for discovering and experiencing Johns Hopkins. However-although individuals with disabilities represent an important cross-section of the students, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins-the online visibility of disabled members of the community are lacking. Dr. Sheila Fitzgerald and the Disability Committee of the Diversity Leadership Council will lead an effort to create a photo bank of visibly disabled members of our community for use on all JHU and Hospital websites in addition to other informational materials. The incorporation of images of individuals with visible disabilities on academic, professional, patient, and employee websites will support our core values of diversity and inclusion while raising awareness of the many resources within the Johns Hopkins community to support individuals with disabilities.

New Inductees for the Indispensable Role of Blacks at Johns Hopkins

Black Faculty and Staff Association

African American students, faculty and staff have played keys roles in making Johns Hopkins what it is today. The Indispensible Role of Blacks and Johns Hopkins is a virtual exhibit, which debuted in 2012 featuring 50 faces, that recognizes often overlooked accomplishments and contributions while highlighting the rich multicultural history and heritage at Johns Hopkins. This year, the Black Faculty and Staff Association will officially induct five new members who will be honored at their annual Juneteenth celebration.

Safe and Accessible Restrooms Assessment

Mo Speller, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Restrooms, something many of us take for granted, can be a point of exclusion for some when safety and accessibility are not properly ensured. Mo Speller and the LGBTQA Graduate Students Group will create a survey to assess the current safety and accessibility of restrooms on the Homewood campus while identifying any physical and social barriers that may exist. This project will both raise awareness and produce a strategic plan for improving restroom access and safety.

Global Women in Leadership Conference

Michelle Trone, School of Advanced International Studies

Recent advancements in technology are creating a unique set of challenges and opportunities for women around the world. Michelle Trone and SAIS Development and Alumni Relations will host the second annual SAIS conference on women and leadership, offering a dynamic forum for students to engage with professional women. Panelists and participants will explore the political, economic, and social impacts resulting from women increasing their independence, connectivity and productivity by taking advantage of access to technology.

Cultivating Leadership in Public Health Day

Jessica Harrington, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cultivating Leadership in Public Health Day will take place as part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) orientation week. DSIP provides graduate level research experiences to undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Using the concept of leadership in public health as the theme, Jessica Harrington and her team intend to connect current graduate students with prospective undergraduate students who are participants in DSIP in order to foster mentorship and networking over the 10 week period.

Realizing Equality

Daniel Siconolfi, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Daniel Siconolfi - in collaboration with a working group of LGBT students, faculty and staff - will host Realizing Equity, a speaker series to enhance training on LGBT public health issues within the Bloomberg School of Public Health (SPH). This working group was formed with support from SPH leadership in response to a 2009 climate survey, which revealed somewhat lower levels of institutional comfort among LGBT students, faculty and staff within SPH. Realizing Equity, now in its second year, will feature speakers consisting of leading scholars in LGBT public health, as well as prominent community activists and practitioners. The capstone of the series will feature a high-profile speaker related to LGBT health.


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.