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Diversity and Inclusion at City of Hope

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patient’s needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life threatening diseases.
 
At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.
 
Robert Stone, J.D.
President and CEO
 
Employing a diverse workforce with individual talents and experiences allows us to better understand the needs of our patients, deliver compassionate care and continue our quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. We believe we have a responsibility to build future health-care and research workforce that mirrors community we serve. We are committed to the education, training and development of young people to inspire passion about health care, medicine and science. Learn more about our recent efforts or watch this recent video of our Diversity Day celebration.
 
Stephanie Neuvirth
Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer
 
 

City of Hope is transforming the future of health... It starts with our people.

Diversity and Inclusion Council
The council helps raise visibility of the role of diversity and inclusion at City of Hope and provide a platform from which to promote both diversity and inclusion. It leverages existing efforts by creating synergies among entities leading current efforts and develop strategies to further our efforts and address emerging needs.
 
 
Diversity Resource Groups
A Diversity Resource Group is a voluntary, member-led group of people who work or study at City of Hope and share a common identity, interest, or goal and whose engagement and efforts support City of Hope’s mission, values and/or strategy. Formed to encourage networking, foster diversity and inclusion and support our mission, these groups provide opportunities for community involvement and professional development. Diversity resource groups fulfill a purpose mutually identified by members and by the organization. Diversity resource groups are open to anyone interested in the focus of the group.
 
  • Asian American Community recently sponsored a Chinese New Year Celebration.
  • Connecting People of African Descent recently co-sponsored a “Steps in the City” event, a 1-mile walk with a diabetes education component.
  • Latinos for Hope recently sponsored an Easter Basket campaign, providing baskets to inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients as well as to children in the local community.
  • Pinoys4Hope recently sponsored a blood drive at the Westfield West Covina mall which resulted in 69 registered donors for the City of Hope Blood Donor Center.
  • Young Professionals Network has been hosting a variety of cross-functional lunch and learns to help increase knowledge about various departments and encourage networking.
 
Hiring
We believe our diverse workforce is a major component of our success. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color national origin, sex, age, status as a  protected veteran , or status as a qualified individual with disability.  
 
Learning Opportunities
City of Hope is committed to intellectual curiosity. We cultivate life-long learning about diversity and inclusion with regular workshops and seminars. These learning opportunities ensure our staff have the skills and knowledge they need to provide culturally competent care and work in our diverse environment.
 
Lunch and Learns feature the expertise of our community members. Lucille Leong, M.D. spoke about cultural competence and meeting patients where they are. Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H. highlighted the important research being conducted to reduce health disparities. The Be The Match program inspired us to sign up on the registry, recognizing that the best chance of finding a bone marrow match comes from one’s ethnic group.
 
Learning and Personal Development Week offers City of Hope community members the opportunity develop knowledge and skills on a wide variety of topics. Diversity is a key component during the week, including sessions such as “Religious Perspectives on Death and Dying” and “Everyday Diversity and Inclusion.”
 
Scott Page, author of The Difference and speaker for a Management Development Forum program, demonstrated how important diversity is in solving the complex problems of our time. His key insight, which aligns with our philosophy of diversity, is that people who have different perspectives, mindsets and problem-solving strategies can solve problems more effectively than groups of “experts.”
 
In One City of Hope, One Story, our community book club, we read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were taken in the in1950s and used for medical and scientific research throughout the world. Her son, David “Sonny” Lacks and granddaughter , Kim Lacks, visited City of Hope and toured the labs of Linda Malkas, Ph.D. and Bob Hickey, Ph.D.
 
Observances and Events
City of Hope honors important and relevant cultural and religious events relevant to our people and patients. One of our most popular events is National Diversity Day, which is celebrated on the first Friday in October, during which we showcase the talents and cultures of those who work or study at City of Hope.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

City of Hope is turning science into practical benefit…For our current and future patients and our community

City of Hope Leads the Way in Research  
 
Jeffrey Weitzel, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics at City of Hope. Dr. Weitzel's multidisciplinary clinical and research program emphasizes the recognition and assessment of people at increased risk for developing cancer because of family cancer history or personal risk factors. He is currently studying the incidence of breast cancer in Latina women. Learn more about Dr. Weitzel.
 
Amrita Krishnan, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program at City of Hope. Her work highlights the need for personalization in the treatment of multiple myeloma — the key is to tailor the therapy in the most appropriate way. Learn more about Dr. Krishnan.
 
Reducing Health Disparities
 
Population Sciences
The mission of the Department of Population Sciences is to advance the science and application of cancer etiology, prevention and outcomes, and reduce the burden of cancer and its sequelae across all populations, through collaborative multidisciplinary programs in clinical service, research and education. It’s divisions include Cancer Etiology, Center for Cancer Survivorship, CCARE, Clinical Cancer Genetics, Nursing Research and Education, Outcomes Research, and BMT Study.
 
Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education
CCARE implements specific best practice community strategies to reduce and eliminate inequalities in cancer outcomes. Our mission is to increase education and awareness of the most advanced practices in health care for all patients, bringing the best that City of Hope has to offer to underrepresented and underserved patients and communities.
 
Clinical Trials
At any given time, our researchers are conducting hundreds of clinical trials to test new treatments for cancer. Recruiting diverse participants to these trials allows us to better understand how cancer and its treatments impact different communities and people differently. Our clinical trials improve health.
 
 
Serving Our Latino Community
 
Given that cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos in California, and recognizing that our primary service area is 46% Latino, we are taking more active steps to better understand and serve the Latino community.

Learn more about the current initiatives at City of Hope aimed at connecting with our Latino community.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

Accessing City of Hope Services – In Your Language

Interpreter Services
City of Hope offers free interpretation for patients and caregivers whose first language is not English. You can take advantage of interpreter services in person or on the phone. Please call 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62282, to reach the Clinical Social Work office.
 
In addition, look for our people wearing buttons to indicate the language(s) they speak. We can help you feel welcome or find your way, in your language.
 
Google Translate
The City of Hope website can be translated into many languages using the Google Translate button featured at the top of each page.
 
Spanish Language website
Spanish-speaking patients, families and community members can access the information they need here.
 
Chinese Language website
Chinese-speaking patients, families and community members can access the information they need on our new site.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

Investing in Our Future

The San Gabriel Valley Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SGV SEPAC)
 
This partnership between City of Hope and the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD), an 80% minority school district, seeks to create a pipeline of students (especially underrepresented minority students) interested, engaged and prepared for biomedical research as a possible college and career choice. The SGV SEPAC has 3 aims: (1) establish a two-stage research education program for rising high school juniors and seniors; (2) establish a professional development program for K-12 teachers; and (3) establish a K-8 research education program. 
 
Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
 
High school students throughout the Los Angeles area experience life in a busy medical center over six weeks during the summer. Students explore diverse career from research and patient care to marketing technology. Class sessions include discussions and department tours. Students are matched up with mentors who help cultivate their specific interests. They also conduct a team health research project and present their results at a graduation luncheon attended by their mentors, family members and community leaders.
 
Bring Your Child to Work Day
 
This daylong program for 3rd through 5th grade students introduces the children of those who work or study at City of Hope to science and medicine through fun learning activities.
 
Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy
 
High school or undergraduate college students are given the opportunity to learn about science by actually doing it. Unlike traditional high school or college classes where the course of study is entirely determined by the instructor, City of Hope’s summer program students select their own research project according to their individual areas of interest. Students may also apply for the National Cancer Institute CURE program for underrepresented students or the CIRM Creativity Awards program (for high school students). Learn more.
 
Train, Educate and Accelerate Careers in Healthcare (T.E.A.C.H.)
 
The T.E.A.C.H. Project is a corporate partnership that connects public school students with high demand jobs by offering them college level courses in high-school, based on the skills needed for a career in health care information technology. High school students earn college credits at no/low cost, accelerating their ability to earn a two-year associate's degree in informational technology. Some may even obtain their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees simultaneously. In addition to providing input on the coursework, City of Hope provides projects, training, internships and mentoring opportunities. This intensive program provides unprecedented job-training and learning opportunities for students in a largely minority school district and helps to build a committed, diverse workforce for the growing needs of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Fellowships and Residencies
 
City of Hope offers a wide variety of clinical, research, pharmacy and administrative fellowships for continuing education and experience. Learn more.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.
 

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion at City of Hope

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patient’s needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life threatening diseases.
 
At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.
 
Robert Stone, J.D.
President and CEO
 
Employing a diverse workforce with individual talents and experiences allows us to better understand the needs of our patients, deliver compassionate care and continue our quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. We believe we have a responsibility to build future health-care and research workforce that mirrors community we serve. We are committed to the education, training and development of young people to inspire passion about health care, medicine and science. Learn more about our recent efforts or watch this recent video of our Diversity Day celebration.
 
Stephanie Neuvirth
Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer
 
 

Our People

City of Hope is transforming the future of health... It starts with our people.

Diversity and Inclusion Council
The council helps raise visibility of the role of diversity and inclusion at City of Hope and provide a platform from which to promote both diversity and inclusion. It leverages existing efforts by creating synergies among entities leading current efforts and develop strategies to further our efforts and address emerging needs.
 
 
Diversity Resource Groups
A Diversity Resource Group is a voluntary, member-led group of people who work or study at City of Hope and share a common identity, interest, or goal and whose engagement and efforts support City of Hope’s mission, values and/or strategy. Formed to encourage networking, foster diversity and inclusion and support our mission, these groups provide opportunities for community involvement and professional development. Diversity resource groups fulfill a purpose mutually identified by members and by the organization. Diversity resource groups are open to anyone interested in the focus of the group.
 
  • Asian American Community recently sponsored a Chinese New Year Celebration.
  • Connecting People of African Descent recently co-sponsored a “Steps in the City” event, a 1-mile walk with a diabetes education component.
  • Latinos for Hope recently sponsored an Easter Basket campaign, providing baskets to inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients as well as to children in the local community.
  • Pinoys4Hope recently sponsored a blood drive at the Westfield West Covina mall which resulted in 69 registered donors for the City of Hope Blood Donor Center.
  • Young Professionals Network has been hosting a variety of cross-functional lunch and learns to help increase knowledge about various departments and encourage networking.
 
Hiring
We believe our diverse workforce is a major component of our success. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color national origin, sex, age, status as a  protected veteran , or status as a qualified individual with disability.  
 
Learning Opportunities
City of Hope is committed to intellectual curiosity. We cultivate life-long learning about diversity and inclusion with regular workshops and seminars. These learning opportunities ensure our staff have the skills and knowledge they need to provide culturally competent care and work in our diverse environment.
 
Lunch and Learns feature the expertise of our community members. Lucille Leong, M.D. spoke about cultural competence and meeting patients where they are. Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H. highlighted the important research being conducted to reduce health disparities. The Be The Match program inspired us to sign up on the registry, recognizing that the best chance of finding a bone marrow match comes from one’s ethnic group.
 
Learning and Personal Development Week offers City of Hope community members the opportunity develop knowledge and skills on a wide variety of topics. Diversity is a key component during the week, including sessions such as “Religious Perspectives on Death and Dying” and “Everyday Diversity and Inclusion.”
 
Scott Page, author of The Difference and speaker for a Management Development Forum program, demonstrated how important diversity is in solving the complex problems of our time. His key insight, which aligns with our philosophy of diversity, is that people who have different perspectives, mindsets and problem-solving strategies can solve problems more effectively than groups of “experts.”
 
In One City of Hope, One Story, our community book club, we read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were taken in the in1950s and used for medical and scientific research throughout the world. Her son, David “Sonny” Lacks and granddaughter , Kim Lacks, visited City of Hope and toured the labs of Linda Malkas, Ph.D. and Bob Hickey, Ph.D.
 
Observances and Events
City of Hope honors important and relevant cultural and religious events relevant to our people and patients. One of our most popular events is National Diversity Day, which is celebrated on the first Friday in October, during which we showcase the talents and cultures of those who work or study at City of Hope.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

Our Community

City of Hope is turning science into practical benefit…For our current and future patients and our community

City of Hope Leads the Way in Research  
 
Jeffrey Weitzel, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics at City of Hope. Dr. Weitzel's multidisciplinary clinical and research program emphasizes the recognition and assessment of people at increased risk for developing cancer because of family cancer history or personal risk factors. He is currently studying the incidence of breast cancer in Latina women. Learn more about Dr. Weitzel.
 
Amrita Krishnan, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program at City of Hope. Her work highlights the need for personalization in the treatment of multiple myeloma — the key is to tailor the therapy in the most appropriate way. Learn more about Dr. Krishnan.
 
Reducing Health Disparities
 
Population Sciences
The mission of the Department of Population Sciences is to advance the science and application of cancer etiology, prevention and outcomes, and reduce the burden of cancer and its sequelae across all populations, through collaborative multidisciplinary programs in clinical service, research and education. It’s divisions include Cancer Etiology, Center for Cancer Survivorship, CCARE, Clinical Cancer Genetics, Nursing Research and Education, Outcomes Research, and BMT Study.
 
Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education
CCARE implements specific best practice community strategies to reduce and eliminate inequalities in cancer outcomes. Our mission is to increase education and awareness of the most advanced practices in health care for all patients, bringing the best that City of Hope has to offer to underrepresented and underserved patients and communities.
 
Clinical Trials
At any given time, our researchers are conducting hundreds of clinical trials to test new treatments for cancer. Recruiting diverse participants to these trials allows us to better understand how cancer and its treatments impact different communities and people differently. Our clinical trials improve health.
 
 
Serving Our Latino Community
 
Given that cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos in California, and recognizing that our primary service area is 46% Latino, we are taking more active steps to better understand and serve the Latino community.

Learn more about the current initiatives at City of Hope aimed at connecting with our Latino community.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

In Your Language

Accessing City of Hope Services – In Your Language

Interpreter Services
City of Hope offers free interpretation for patients and caregivers whose first language is not English. You can take advantage of interpreter services in person or on the phone. Please call 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62282, to reach the Clinical Social Work office.
 
In addition, look for our people wearing buttons to indicate the language(s) they speak. We can help you feel welcome or find your way, in your language.
 
Google Translate
The City of Hope website can be translated into many languages using the Google Translate button featured at the top of each page.
 
Spanish Language website
Spanish-speaking patients, families and community members can access the information they need here.
 
Chinese Language website
Chinese-speaking patients, families and community members can access the information they need on our new site.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.

Investing in Our Future

Investing in Our Future

The San Gabriel Valley Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SGV SEPAC)
 
This partnership between City of Hope and the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD), an 80% minority school district, seeks to create a pipeline of students (especially underrepresented minority students) interested, engaged and prepared for biomedical research as a possible college and career choice. The SGV SEPAC has 3 aims: (1) establish a two-stage research education program for rising high school juniors and seniors; (2) establish a professional development program for K-12 teachers; and (3) establish a K-8 research education program. 
 
Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
 
High school students throughout the Los Angeles area experience life in a busy medical center over six weeks during the summer. Students explore diverse career from research and patient care to marketing technology. Class sessions include discussions and department tours. Students are matched up with mentors who help cultivate their specific interests. They also conduct a team health research project and present their results at a graduation luncheon attended by their mentors, family members and community leaders.
 
Bring Your Child to Work Day
 
This daylong program for 3rd through 5th grade students introduces the children of those who work or study at City of Hope to science and medicine through fun learning activities.
 
Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy
 
High school or undergraduate college students are given the opportunity to learn about science by actually doing it. Unlike traditional high school or college classes where the course of study is entirely determined by the instructor, City of Hope’s summer program students select their own research project according to their individual areas of interest. Students may also apply for the National Cancer Institute CURE program for underrepresented students or the CIRM Creativity Awards program (for high school students). Learn more.
 
Train, Educate and Accelerate Careers in Healthcare (T.E.A.C.H.)
 
The T.E.A.C.H. Project is a corporate partnership that connects public school students with high demand jobs by offering them college level courses in high-school, based on the skills needed for a career in health care information technology. High school students earn college credits at no/low cost, accelerating their ability to earn a two-year associate's degree in informational technology. Some may even obtain their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees simultaneously. In addition to providing input on the coursework, City of Hope provides projects, training, internships and mentoring opportunities. This intensive program provides unprecedented job-training and learning opportunities for students in a largely minority school district and helps to build a committed, diverse workforce for the growing needs of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Fellowships and Residencies
 
City of Hope offers a wide variety of clinical, research, pharmacy and administrative fellowships for continuing education and experience. Learn more.
 
Contact us at diversityandinclusion@coh.org for more information.
 
We're a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach.
 
We have career opportunities in nursing, research, allied health, business support and many other areas.
 
City of Hope employees enjoy excellent benefits and an environment that inspires wellness.
 
In addition to our main campus in Duarte, CA, we have several locations throughout the Los Angeles vicinity.
 
Current employees and external candidates are invited to explore our career opportunities.
 
Learn more about City of Hope's institutional distinctions, breakthrough innovations and collaborations.
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