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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at MSK
At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion has never been stronger. MSK has an unwavering commitment to equality and justice for all, and zero tolerance for racism, bigotry, and hate of any kind. We are listening, learning, and moving to action in order to effect change. MSK has pledged an institutional commitment to fight systemic racism, create better employment and advancement opportunities for people of color, and become a more inclusive and diverse institution. We believe this is fundamental to driving innovation and to achieving our mission of saving and extending lives by delivering world-class cancer care, research and education.
We view diversity in the broadest sense, and our areas of focus and support include race, ethnicity, cross-cultural diversity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, LGBTQ, religion, and persons with disabilities. We are committed to fostering an environment that is safe, supportive and compassionate to ensure that every member of the MSK community is treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity.
We encourage our employees to champion their ideas and share their different perspectives, knowing that each individual contribution leads to a greater whole.
Our employee resource networks (ERNs) ensure that we continue to foster inclusive work environments. All MSK employees are welcome to join these voluntary, employee-formed task forces. These groups provide networking opportunities, enable knowledge sharing, and help raise awareness of our diverse employees.
Employee Resource Networks
The ABLE ERN focuses on advancing awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities. We do so by focusing on the eight a’s: attraction (recruitment), association (networking), assessment, assistance, advocacy, accommodation, awareness, and advancement.
The BLAM ERN was created to promote awareness, recognition, and appreciation of diverse ethnicities at MSK by providing a platform for networking and communication. BLAM aims to address the needs of MSK’s diverse patients, employees, and community through mobilization, community outreach, and career development.
MWM is dedicated to the professional and personal development of MSK’s female employees and aims to create an inclusive environment by connecting women at all levels of the organization. We provide opportunities for knowledge exchange, encourage awareness and understanding of our similarities and differences, and extend services to our organization and community.
The mission of LGBTQ+ Pride is to foster an environment in which our LGBTQ employees, patients, families, and community partners feel respected, comfortable, and valued at MSK, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We’re committed to the development of an inclusive and effective work environment through programming focused on networking, recruitment, retention, and career development. We also encourage opportunities for advancing participation in and knowledge sharing of LGBTQ healthcare and research.
VETERaN supports and creates initiatives that positively impact veterans in hiring, career development, accessibility, benefits, and more. By sharing the expertise and experience of MSK’s veterans and their families, and exploring programs and policies focused on vets, VETERaN works to further MSK’s strategic goals of recruiting and retaining top talent, increasing patient access, and enhancing the patient experience.
Employee Resource Network Members
We are proud to have over 3,500 staff members participate across our five Employee Resource Networks (ERNs).
LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader
Since 2013, Memorial Sloan Kettering has been recognized as a leader in the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. READ MORE
Office of Diversity Programs
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training (ODP) was established in 2005 to address disparities in cancer outcomes based on race, ethnicity, cultural differences, and socioeconomic status.
The ODP has three core areas of focus: clinical care, research, and training.
Find out more about our Office of Diversity Programs.