Hutch United (HU) is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2013 by researchers here at Fred Hutch — a community built by scientists, for scientists. Our mission is to foster a supportive and inclusive community to promote the success of underrepresented and self-identified minority scientists at the Hutch. We aim to increase the completion of self-defined career goals and learning objectives of underrepresented students, postdocs, and faculty.
Hutch United Mentoring Network (HUMN): HUMN is a mentoring program featuring formal, professional one-on-one mentoring partnerships between faculty, postdocs, students, and other scientists. HUMN provides a searchable database of mentors and holds various events throughout the year: Large-scale biannual Mentoring Mixer Events, Mentoring Over Coffee, and Peer Mentoring discussions.
Seminars: HU holds annual Scientific and Diversity-related Seminars by speakers, selected and invited by our members, who not only serve as role models for HU members, but also help to identify problems and develop solutions for our community.
Community Building Events: Book Club (HU members meet to discuss books that cover a variety of important topics), the Holiday Kind Words Exchange [HU members send each other letters during the holiday season], Seattle Pride Parade and event participation, monthly Tea Time and monthly General Meetings.
Outreach: HU fosters community both within Fred Hutch and the greater Seattle community. We organize visits from community groups and educational organizations focused on increasing diversity in the STEM fields (grade school through community college). We also have an extensive collaboration with the Fred Hutch High School Internship Program. In 2021, Hutch United Outreach created the Art Lab program with a local high school to highlight “art” in the S.T.E.A.M. fields, pairing students with Hutch scientists to recreate a scientific image in the student's chosen art medium.
Hutch United aims to exist as an integrated entity at the Hutch. Here are our partner organizations: