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JHI Statements on Diversity and Inclusion

Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff and students.

Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and Johns Hopkins Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (JHHSC) and The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) is committed to building an exemplary patient care community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate, a respect for the spectrum of human diversity, and a genuine understanding of the many differences-including race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion that will enrich the vibrant Johns Hopkins Hospital community. It is incumbent upon each employee to share the responsibility of creating and maintaining an environment of mutual respect and support.

Employees learn and work better when their work environment occurs in a setting where they are interacting with others who are unlike themselves. JHHSC/JHH employees with the commitment to equity will be the champions of diversity in our organization. They will be immediately recognized not only in our institution but in their community for valuing and leveraging differences to fuel innovation.

Support of positive engagements through our workforce diversity will make all employees feel comfortable encountering members of different racial, ethnic and religious groups. Support from senior management will have the greatest success of promoting the personal growth of employees and the institution as a whole. There is an institutional expectation that every employee of JHHSC/JHH embrace the underlying values of this vision and is willing to demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, retaining and supporting all employees who reflect thediversity of our larger society. JHHSC/JHH is committed to holding leaders and managers accountable for developing a workplace in a way in which the unique qualities of employees are best used to contribute to the mission.

JHHSC/JHH are committed to ensuring that the value of diversity is upheld in everything that we do for our employees, patients, families, visitors, customers, the broader community, and all individuals, groups, and organizations that help us to achieve our mission. JHHSC/JHH will ensure that patient care, service delivery, and a culturally competent healing environment is designed in a way that respects the individuality of employees, patients, and visitors.

JHHSC/JHH is committed to ensuring that all employees receive diversity education and training.

Applied Physics Laboratory Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The success of the Applied Physics Laboratory's (APL) mission demands quality and versatility in its staff. To ensure that success, we must attract and retain a highly talented staff. Fundamental to the success of APL's envisioned future is an environment that encourages creativity, is rich in diversity of thought, and promotes the inclusion of new ideas. This kind of environment can only exist if APL is a place where race, gender, religion, or other such characteristics do not define talent and where our staff is distinguished by its diversity.  APL will have fulfilled this commitment to diversity when:

  • APL is considered an "Employer of Choice" by both its staff and external job candidates.
  • The diversity of APL's staff is consistent with the diversity available in our pool of qualified applicants.
  • The diversity represented in our management ranks is consistent with the diversity of our staff.
  •  All APL managers consider the development and growth of their staff to be a critical responsibility of their management positions.

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.