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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 8, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 11
Diversity Leadership Council Hold First Universitywide Conference

More than 300 members of the Johns Hopkins community — including faculty and staff from all nine university divisions — convened Nov. 1 on the Homewood campus for the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council's inaugural diversity conference.

In his keynote address, John B. Slaughter, a distinguished education leader and engineer, challenged the audience to look at diversity in its broadest sense.

"True diversity requires going beyond the composition of the students enrolled. It requires diversity at all levels: students, faculty, staff, administrators, governing board and, ultimately, alumni," he said. " Furthermore, diversity should not be seen as the goal; it should be seen as the means to achieving equity and pluralism. As a goal, given the resources and intellectual capacity at our disposal, it falls short of what we are capable of achieving."

In his luncheon address, President William R. Brody emphasized that diversity is not a single goal, or even a set of goals. "It is an ongoing process that requires we continuously re-examine our outlook, our hiring practices and our culture," he said. "We want all people of talent to be valued at Johns Hopkins. We want their best work, and we want them to feel ownership.

"I believe we have gotten better at articulating that goal," he continued, "and more consistent in saying it often enough that people both within and outside the university begin to understand it is a core value.

Responding to the positive feedback from attendees, Ray Gillian, associate provost and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs, said that this year's half-day format may be expanded to a full day next November to allow more time for the workshops."

The full text of Slaughter's remarks will be posted on the Diversity Leadership Council's Web site,


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