Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Masonic Cancer Center (MCC) commits to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our mission to reduce the cancer burden in Minnesota and beyond.
Investing in DEI is an investment to excellence in our cancer center research that benefits all of us. We employ a DEI strategy that aims to attract people who are underserved and under-represented in science and medicine (URSM) to MCC with a long-range goal of equitable engagement of under-represented populations in the center. This work engages MCC leadership, membership, staff, and stakeholders to continuously work on inclusion and address equity in our structures, systems, environment, and actions. We aim to have the people in our center mirror national representation with reflection of the people across Minnesota.
“All of us do DEI work” - Dr. Rahel Ghebre
University-Tribal Healing and Land Aknowledgement
We acknowledge that the University of Minnesota is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people, the traditional homeland of the Dakota (dah-KO-tah) Nation and other Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge that this land holds great historical, spiritual, and personal significance for its original stewards, the Native nations and peoples of this region. By offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm tribal sovereignty and will work to hold the University of Minnesota across the state accountable to American Indian peoples and nations. We recognize and continually support and advocate for the sovereignty of the Native nations in this territory and beyond, particularly listening and learning from native health communities. We recognize that land rights are determinants of health outcomes.
Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing—TRUTH—project “offers multiple recommendations on how the University of Minnesota community can be in better relation with Indigenous peoples” and is a set of resources and discussions. Please read, listen, and engage with this critical resource and effort.
To learn more, there are several resources, such as
- Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH)
- Native American Promise Tuition Program for undergraduate education
- Where We Stand: The University of Minnesota and Dakhóta Treaty Lands — a discussion on land acknowledgments by Čhaŋtémaza (Neil McKay) and Monica Siems McKay, published in Open Rivers
- Other UMN land acknowledgements: University of Minnesota Duluth, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota Crookston
Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH
Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH leads the Plan to Enhance Diversity at the Masonic Cancer Center and overall efforts to leverage University of Minnesota and partner efforts to make strides in inclusive, equitable, and diverse representation in cancer careers. Dr. Ghebre reminds us that all of us do DEI work, which benefits our colleagues, patients, survivors, and communities.
Heidi Eschenbacher, PhD
DEI Program Associate
Heidi Eschenbacher, PhD works with Dr. Ghebre and collaborators to plan, organize, connect, and contribute to DEI efforts at the Masonic Cancer Center.
Please contact us at DEI-MCC@umn.edu.
Internal Advisory Board
We have an internal advisory board for Community Engagement and Outreach (COE), Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Core (CRTEC), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts at MCC to inform priorities, track progress, and advance efforts. Please contact us (DEI-MCC@umn.edu) to collaborate and share ideas.
All of us have the capacity to contribute to our mission which is to reduce the cancer burden in our catchment area across Minnesota. Our approach is to engage in the science that advances cancer care outcomes and reduces persistent cancer health disparity in our community locally and nationally. We strive to have the people at the Masonic Cancer Center reflect the range of experiences and backgrounds of the people we serve. Our strategies, actions, pathways reflect our commitment to equity and justice as we work to enhance diversity at MCC.
Our webpage is up to inform you about what we do. Please contact us at MCC-DEI@umn.edu for questions, ideas, and information.
We encourage all MDs / DOs to apply to the Advancing Clinical Trials for Underserved Populations
The Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Award (Winn CDA) application will be open January 2, 2024 - Monday, May 13, 2024. Eligibility / Requirements: (1) completed a terminal degree or residency within the past 10 years and hold an MD, MD/PhD, DO or DO/PhD (2) not yet competed successfully for a substantial, competing NIH research grant (3) a mentor, and (3) "demonstrated commitment (reflected in your CV or past publications) to increasing diverse patient populations in clinical trials" physicians who are underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. It is not required to be underrepresented in medicine. Q&A webinars: Thursday, November 9, 2-3 pm ET and Friday, December 8, 10-11 am ET Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Heidi Eschenbacher, MCC DEI Program Associate (email@example.com) and Dr. Rahel Ghebre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We received Training Navigator support in a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with the Center for American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH). This opportunity will help us to build relationships, listen, and learn from American Indian communities. This support will extend through October 2024.
Community Engaged Scholars is a group led by the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) for faculty to discuss and share ideas about their research work with communities and partners. DEI attends to advance community engagement professional development and resources.