Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


To create a culture of diversity and inclusion as we continue to work towards solving the problem of cancer.

The Masonic Cancer Center is recognized as the model wherein the diversity of our employees and communities is valued and supported as essential components to contributing to the prevention and cure of cancer. 

The Masonic Cancer Center and the University of Minnesota are an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the cancer center to prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to workforce members and applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Strategic Priorities
The Healing, Opportunity, People, Equity (HOPE) Commission is a multi-year transformational change effort of M Health Fairview (MHFV), the University of Minnesota and the Masonic Cancer Center, to drive more equitable outcomes and inclusive environments and experiences for our patients, employees, and communities.

The HOPE Commission uses an anti-racist approach. Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes. While race-based discrimination is the most common and visible form, we acknowledge that marginalization based upon many other identities exists as well, and this same approach is being applied to root out discrimination in all of its forms.

Through various current expanding and developing programs, we will increase the diversity, equity and inclusion of our staff, researchers, leadership, and volunteers who choose to participate in clinical trials. 

Current Initiatives
-Community Impact Board: Advisory council representing influential leaders of the communities we serve, charged with providing programmatic direction, community input, outreach support, and advocacy to support the mission of the Masonic Cancer Center to decrease cancer's burden on Minnesotans.

-Meaningful collaborative relationships to partner with communities on health, screening, and culturally-tailored concerns about recruiting to clinical trials as part of the robust Community Outreach and Engagement program of the Masonic Cancer Center including: partnering with the YMCA, the People's Center (Somali community center), Centro Tyron Guzman (Latinx community center), American Indian Cancer Foundation, Hmong community health fairs, Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network, and clinical trials recruitment at the Great Minnesota Get Together: the Minnesota State Fair

-Recruiting and retaining staff at M Health Fairview who reflect the people we are living and working with.

Developing Initiatives
-Recruiting community members sit on the Cancer Protocol Review Committee to give input on the trial's impact, review the inclusion and exclusion criteria to avoid inadvertent bias or unnecessary exclusivity, and provide added insight to adjustments that could improve the recruitment potential of more diverse participants on the trial. -Engaging the community through Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to collaboratively prioritize needs and opportunities to create culturally-responsive, equity-minded innovations.

-Health promotion, health disparities education, and cancer screenings into the Latinx, Hmong, Somali, African American, American Indian Communities, and greater/rural Minnesota for the most common cancers as well as the cancers of higher incidence in Minnesota:
-Lung (American Indians, Rural: Mesothelioma-driven)
-Colon (all BIPOC)
-Female Breast (Rural non-Hispanic white for # of cases; African American Women for mortality rate)
-Prostate (African American Men)
-Cervical Cancer (American Indian, African American, Hmong, Hispanic, Somali)
-Childhood Leukemia
-Melanoma (Rural and Greater Minnesota)