At Cancer and Careers, we believe that a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected.
We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments and programs. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard and respected.
We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the larger community of cancer nonprofits and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership, Cancer and Careers strives to:
- See diversity, inclusion and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our staff and the community we serve.
- Offer programs that are accessible, timely and relevant to the needs of the diverse community we serve.
- Evolve and refine our educational content and support offerings based on feedback and insights directly from our community.
- Understand the communities we are currently serving and seek to serve. This includes, identifying existing gaps in our reach so we can continue growing to more fully serve every person who is balancing work and cancer, regardless of identity markers (i.e., race, ethnicity, ability level, gender/sexual orientation, etc.) or social characteristics (i.e., socioeconomic background, educational level, employment status, geographic location, where they are in their cancer journey, etc.).
- Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services, and continually update and report relevant organization progress.
- Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
- Advocate for and support thinking among our Board of Governors about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
- Challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization and who is well positioned to provide leadership.
- Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
- Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee and advisory bodies.
- Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.