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Faculty Applicant Diversity, Inclusion and Mentoring Statement

Fred Hutch is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We ask that candidates submit a statement that reflects upon their experiences and demonstrates a commitment to these issues. 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 and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek faculty members who bring new ways of seeing the world and solving problems. In addition, we know that mentorship is the thread that ensures that research of the highest standards is delivered by our scientists and those we shepherd into the field.

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 personal statement describing their experience and commitment to these issues of diversity, inclusion and mentorship.

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 Diversity, Inclusion, and Mentoring Statement will not be forwarded to the search committee for consideration.

Applicant Guidelines

The Diversity, Inclusion and Mentoring Statement may include:

  • Description of the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstration of candidate’s understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Description of the candidate’s commitment to mentorship.
  • Demonstration of the candidate’s understanding of the importance of mentorship.
  • Description of your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Description of your past efforts, as well as future plans to provide mentorship

Preferably, candidates will 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. Limit responses to 500 words or less.

Defined Terms

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

Educational Outreach: This includes outreach efforts aimed at underrepresented students; attendance at a conference aimed at recruiting, supporting or advancing URGs; participation in panels or talks as a speaker on related issues.

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.