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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.

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

OUR VISION
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.

OUR TEAM
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
May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) Heritage Month. We honor and celebrate the diverse cultures and identities, as well as the important contributions AA & NHPI communities have made to our nation, in science and at our center.

Public Art and Community Dialogue Program

The Public Art and Community Dialogue program, led by the Fred Hutch Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, provides an opportunity for artists, employees and the broader community to be in dialogue about community solidarity and our pursuit of equity in research and healthcare. 

Diverse artists from underrepresented and minoritized communities will engage with the Hutch community of scientists and science supporters in developing public art expressions for Fred Hutch. The final commissioned work will reflect the themes, emotions, expressions, history, culture, and aspirations of the affinity communities and visualize the commitments of Fred Hutch to deepen our anti-racist and inclusive efforts in pursuit of scientific excellence.

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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Science Says: Comedian, researchers tackle tough topics Trevor Noah and scientists discuss colorectal cancer screening, community involvement in research, science communication March 25, 2022
New Fred Hutch initiative to foster inclusivity in science and health via art and dialogue The Public Art and Community Dialogue Program will nurture connections between employees, underrepresented and targeted communities to shape the Hutch’s pursuit of scientific excellence through anti-racism, inclusion March 1, 2022
Dr. Christopher Li receives the Helen G. Edson Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research Epidemiologist is working to improve early detection of breast cancer February 10, 2022
Dr. Rachel Issaka receives the Kathryn Surace-Smith Endowed Chair in Health Equity Research Flexible funding will further physician-scientist’s work in colorectal cancer and health inequities February 2, 2022
Last Modified, May 18, 2022