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Community Partnerships Recommendations

Recommendations from the Diversity Leadership Council Community Partnerships Subcommittee


It is clear that the Johns Hopkins Institutions conduct a tremendous amount of work that both involves and impacts the surrounding communities of its various schools and campuses.  Over the past three years, the Community Partnerships Subcommittee has interacted with various Hopkins representatives who run major community initiatives, as well as visited the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.  It has also become apparent that Hopkins’ outreach efforts are localized by campus and school divisions.  Though Hopkins has made remarkable strides here in Baltimore, we may be able to make a more effective impact if we can find a way to coordinate our efforts among the various entities, as well as further support several small programs which are already making a difference in our Baltimore communities.

JHU Mission:
The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

JHH Mission:
The mission of The Johns Hopkins Hospital is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in patient care. Diverse and inclusive, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in collaboration with the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University, supports medical education and research and provides innovative, patient-centered care to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

DLC Community Partnerships Subcommittee Activities:

The committee focused its efforts on exploring the following items:

  • Where are we starting in terms of Baltimore academic-community partnerships at JHI? (inventory)
  • Are our current initiatives working? (evaluation; accountability)
  • Where are we going/Where would we like to be? (strategic vision)


The DLC Community Partnerships Subcommittee recommends that the Johns Hopkins Institutions focuses on the following themes:

  1. Increased Support for Service-Learning in the Curriculum
  2. Actively Show Value for Community Engagement Activities
  3. Improve Communication and Collaboration with the Community
  4. Increase Communication Between the Community Engagement Entities Across Johns Hopkins

Below, the committee recommends a list of potential activities that would support each of the four recommendations.

Recommendation 1:  Increased Support for Service-Learning in the Curriculum

  • Examine promotion and tenure policies to reward faculty for community-engaged research, practice, and service-learning courses.
  • Hire additional service-learning professional staff and teaching assistants (TAs) to support faculty efforts (particularly for Homewood’s Center for Social Concern and East Baltimore’s SOURCE)
  • Develop incentives for community partners to participate in service-learning courses
  • Identify funding to support students for transportation, as well as program implementation

Recommendation 2: Actively Show Value for Community Engagement Activities

  • Honor community leaders, and Hopkins faculty, staff, and students, who have created strong relationships with one another
  • Change faculty promotion and tenure policies to support community-engaged scholarship
  • Expand opportunities for staff for community engagement (for example “Take Time for Schools” with more days, coordination, and/or additional types of service; Program needs improvement)
  • Alter university and divisional mission statements to include the value of community engagement
  • Acknowledge/list our core community organizations that JHI partners with here in Baltimore

Recommendation 3:  Improve Communication and Collaboration with the Community

  • Collect and share information about Hopkins’ Baltimore City research projects through divisional IRBs (transparency:  include goals of the research project; identify the potential benefit to the community) 
  • Facilitate an annual East Baltimore Community Focus Group (diverse collection of Baltimore City residents and leaders would convene to identify which community needs could be met by the work of Hopkins’ faculty, students and/or staff over the upcoming year)
  • Improve the accountability/transparency of implementation of 2020 (Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Diversity & Inclusion 2020 Plan  - Aim for 75 percent of our community residents to view Johns Hopkins Medicine as a trusted partner.
  • Strengthen public relations aspect of the EBDI project. We must demonstrate to those who have been displaced and those who are in close proximity to the geographic area that the JHI endeavors are not simply to benefit JHI, but also envision more jobs, more opportunity, and more inclusion for those individuals who live on the borders of our professional community.  

Recommendation 4:  Increase Communication Between the Community Engagement Entities Across Johns Hopkins (in order to foster collaboration and reduce redundancy)

  • Organize a strategic planning group including the key community engagement entities across the institutions, including the new trustees committee 
  • Annual meeting of the key community engagement entities across the institutions, including the sharing of obstacles and/or problems encountered each year
  • Annual report which includes the progress and accomplishments of each division
  • Create an institutions-wide list of financial needs to support our community engagement efforts for development/fundraising purposes/goals. Fold these items into the current capital campaign.
  • Share plans/goals for the upcoming year
  • Create a panel/board/discussion group that incorporates members from each of the JHI bodies
  • Jointly create a tracking system that allows us to better track and utilize the data that we collect and hone our approach to become even more effective
  • Strengthen our cross-disciplinary partnerships within the university system
  • Establish a JHI Community Partnerships Master Calendar (similar to the master science calendar created by the JHUSOM

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.