Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion
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.
Our dedication to delivering care and identifying treatments and cures for cancer is rooted in a mission around saving and extending lives. We strongly believe that building a diverse and inclusive culture that values and embraces our differences is essential to providing high-quality care to all our patients and their families—whether in New York City, the tri-state area, across the country, or around the world.
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 will achieve this by instituting best practices that strengthen diversity and build inclusion into everything we do—from increasing education about the importance of the right type of cancer care and participation in clinical trials to all patients across our region, to hiring employees across all levels of the organization who reflect the multicultural communities we serve. These practices enable us to attract, develop and retain top talent; create an atmosphere where our people can perform at their very best; and underpin a culture in which everyone has equal opportunity to excel and advance professionally.
We will continue to take action to accelerate change and become a more inclusive and diverse institution—because it’s essential to maintaining our reputation for world-class cancer care, research and education.
Our Governance Group
Senior leaders from across MSK are working together to ensure that equality, diversity, and inclusion practices are fully integrated into all aspects of MSK’s mission-based enterprise.
Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Council
MSK has launched an MSK ED&I Council that brings together people from all aspects of MSK’s operations. Together, they will ensure that all voices are heard and account for diversity of thought and action throughout the organization.
Our Employee Resource Networks
We encourage our employees to champion ideas and share their different perspectives, knowing that each individual contribution leads to a greater whole. Our Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) are a critical part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that everyone feels welcome at MSK and free to contribute. ERNs are voluntary, employee-formed task forces organized around a dimension of diversity, such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical ability. They are central to MSK’s goal of developing a more inclusive environment that will benefit our employees and out patients.