Applicant Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We ask that candidates submit a statement (2 pages maximum) that reflects upon their experiences and demonstrates a commitment to these principles. We are interested in learning how personal and/or professional experiences and events have shaped your perspective and what ideas you might implement as an investigator at Fred Hutch.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek faculty members who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems.

Fred Hutch is committed to ensuring that all candidates hired for faculty appointments share our commitment to diversity, inclusion and mentorship. In order to identify candidates who share this vision, we require all faculty candidates to submit a Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement describing their experiences and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and goals.

Search committees will consider a candidate’s statement as part of a comprehensive and transparent evaluation of their qualifications. Applications that do not include a Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement will not be forwarded to the search committee for consideration.

Applicant Guidelines

The Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement should describe your past experience and activities and your future plans related to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. For these candidates, we suggest focusing your statement on future plans. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.

The Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement may include, but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Description of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and awareness of inequities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or socially/economically disadvantaged groups.
  • Demonstration of candidate’s understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and related topics such as antiracism, decolonization, bias mitigation, social justice, etc.
  • Description of your past activities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., research activities, mentoring activities, committee service, clinical activities, community activities, teaching, and/or recruitment/retention).
  • Description of your planned potential future activities efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Include your role in each proposed activity and what you might like to accomplish in the next 2 to 5 years. Consider who you would like engage in our efforts and how you would plan to engage them.

Candidates can leverage examples from both their personal as well as professional life. This may include how these topics are integrated into the process or fabric of your approach to scientific problems or their applicability to underserved populations.

Defined Terms

Mentoring: This includes leading or participating in mentoring, advising, teaching, or tutoring activities for underrepresented groups, including faculty, postdocs, students, or the broader community.

Committee Service: This includes serving on committees or boards that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and/or mentorship.

Research Activities: This includes research (articles, editorials, etc.) relevant to health disparities and/or that contributes to understanding the barriers facing URGs in higher education or that otherwise contributes to diversity and equal opportunity.

Other (e.g. recruitment/retention/teaching): These include efforts to diversify your research group or lab; other efforts to diversify your department or field.