2020-2021 Subcommittees & Goals

    The HCIE organizes into subcommittees each academic year to work on particular goals.  Each subcommittee includes faculty, students, and staff and works closely with the university leadership.  The 2020-2021 Council formed two subcommittees.

      Graduate Student to Faculty (GS2F) Subcommittee

      Recommend departmental and institutional practices/policies that facilitate recruitment/hiring, development, and advancement of URM and women students, postdocs and faculty. Identify institutional impediments to student and faculty diversity and develop strategies that can be executed at the school and departmental level. This committee will also focus on the varied career pathways from graduate student to senior professor.

      • Reports about faculty hires, promotions, and departures disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and gender
      • Build institutional capacity for culture change by identifying key areas for interventions in URM faculty recruitment and development (strategic high-impact initiatives)
      • Systematically assess quantitative and qualitative data to identify problem areas with regard to diversity goals, recruitment of URM groups, retention/advancement, and perceptions of the work environment
      • Identify and collaborate with important faculty groups/committees and leadership to implement policy changes
      • Implement best practices that embed diversity into the institutional fabric (keep diversity at the core, linking process to institutional priorities)

      Rina Agarwala
      Jeremy Brown
      Ashley Cureton
      Jeff Gray
      Jocelyn Haversat
      Richard Helman
      Rigoberto Hernandez
      Eugenie Jumai’an
      Christine Kavanaugh
      Katiana Kontolati
      Nadia Nurhussein
      Fadil Santosa
      Elmer Zapata Mercado


        1. Recommended guidelines for recruiting: a) For search committees – Best practices for recruitment; b) For Target of Opportunity Program; c) For Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow Program; d) Help university leaders with messaging on excellence
        2. How to brand hiring differently: a) Request the demographics of recent distinguished hires (e.g. Bloomberg Distinguished Professors) and graduate students; b) Use the Faculty composition report to construct recommendations for future hires and graduate student recruitment.  
        3. Develop a clearinghouse on the HCIE website pointing to JHU resources for faculty and students. Categorize resources to make it easy for units to navigate based on their needs.

        Climate, Culture, and Campus Experience (C3E) Subcommittee

          Identify ways to better understand our campus environment and document how various members of the community (students, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty) feel about their experiences at Homewood. Develop ways to assess the climate and leverage these data.

          • Climate surveys, perceptions of institutional environment, engagement, and quality of experience
          • Develop mechanism for reporting and sharing information on diversity progress to inform initiatives and decision making
          • Identify intellectual gaps in class offerings, encourage student enrollment in courses that engage diversity, and assess options for developing questions about inclusion in course evaluations

          Tristan Cabello
          Sloan Cargill
          Dana Carreno
          Alisha Chen
          Lael Ensor-Bennett
          Keri Frisch
          Trevor Mackesey
          Camille Mathis
          Nathan Mudrak
          Tilak Ratnanather
          Jennifer Sax
          Alexandra Tan


          1. Continue to develop recommendations for a diversity fellowship following the model of CER Technology fellowships. [Suggest pathways for funding, administration, and selection criteria.]
          2. Develop recommendations for equitable and accessible accommodations for virtual, hybrid and in-person classes and events.
          3. Develop recommendations for increased DEIA staff training, including working with the DLC and OIE for basic trainings, as well as for workshops following the model of the LGTBQ Life Office’s Safe Zone training.