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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center sits on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. 

Labor & Justice Statements

We also acknowledge exploited labor, racist, heterosexist, ableist, xenophobic, religious, sexist, trans-antagonistic and other oppressive violence, and the ongoing struggle for justice on this land. We reflect on the ancestors of our various peoples, nations, tribes and families; ancestors whose struggles, pain, power, privilege and strivings we hold in our very bodies. We recognize, with gratitude, all those whose sacrifice, struggle and labor make our daily freedoms possible, and challenge us to learn, work and live justly.

A Commitment to Diversity

Lifesaving research demands more than innovation and dedication. It requires curiosity, creativity, and fresh and varied perspectives. That’s why diversity is a core Fred Hutch value that is integral to our work.

To establish the Hutch as a national exemplar in academia for its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion approaches and practices. 

To lead the integration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as core values, principles, and practices to advance the Hutch’s mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases.

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) coordinates and facilitates diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in four core areas: research, workforce development, workplace culture and climate, and community development. Learn more about our team.

Fred Hutch employees raise a Black Lives Matter flag on campus
Fred Hutch employees raise a Black Lives Matter sign on campus. Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service
Fred Hutch recognizes July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is HEALTH and we are committed to identifying and addressing the disparities present in racial, ethnic, gender, sexual and all historically marginalize communities. These communities are impacted by systemic inaccessibility, cultural stigmas and discrimination within mental health practices, policies and institutions.

Public Art and Community Dialogue Program

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is continuing its public art program that celebrates and highlights the work of diverse artists in our community across our campus and in our research. The program’s purpose is to connect artists from underrepresented and minoritized communities in the Pacific Northwest with leaders in public health to open dialogues and promote active change. There is no fee for entry and selected artists will also receive $5,000 for their commission and participation in the program.

The selection phase for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) visual artists will be from now until Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5p.m. PT.

ODEI Strategic Objectives

value in cancer conference attendees

Close/Narrow Disparities

Objective: Advance opportunities for research that engage diverse populations and reduce health disparities. The purpose is to expand the Hutch’s health disparities research capacity.

Researcher,  John Lee

Diversify Fred Hutch's Workforce

Objective: Enhance diversity and equity in recruitment and retention efforts at all levels toward greater inclusion at the Hutch. The purpose is to review existing recruitment/retention policies at the Hutch and to implement best practices aimed at enhancing the diversity of our workforce.

Enhance Fred Hutch's DEI Culture

Objective: Develop and provide educational experiences for the Hutch community to expand awareness and engage practices that promote equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The purpose is to enhance the Hutch’s DEI climate and culture through a range of educational experiences.

former patient panel members at Value in Cancer Conference

Strengthen Community Relations

Objective: Solidify and expand strategic partnerships with local, regional, and inter/national communities to advance equity and inclusion at the Hutch. The purpose is to cultivate relationships with key external partners for mutual benefit.

Diversity in Our Research Workforce

Our goal is to increase the use of National Institutes of Health Diversity Funding to diversify research faculty, trainees and staff. The NIH Funding Supplement page include general eligbility criteria, institutional criteria and funding opportunities available to Fred Hutch and University of Washington researchers.

Latest Diversity News

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Navigating cancer and barriers, one person at a time Need financial assistance? Interpreter services? Transportation to and from chemotherapy? Patient navigators help close cancer care gaps June 28, 2022
New artwork from Mark Modimola a channel for communication, healing South African’s work is installed on Fred Hutch campus via Public Art and Community Dialogue Program June 21, 2022
ASCO 2022: Equity, innovation and in-person Hutch cancer researchers, clinicians share findings on clinical trial eligibility, Medicaid expansion, wearables to track symptoms and more June 9, 2022
New grants help community organizations overcome health disparities across Washington Community Grant Program supports 11 projects aimed at cancer prevention, screening and more among marginalized groups June 2, 2022
Last Modified, July 01, 2022