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Diversity and Inclusion Council
The council helps raise visibility of the role of diversity and inclusion at City of Hope and provide a platform from which to promote both diversity and inclusion. It leverages existing efforts by creating synergies among entities leading current efforts and develop strategies to further our efforts and address emerging needs.
Our Current Diversity and Inclusion Council Members are:
Business Support Services
Stephanie Neuvirth, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer
Kenna Cottrill, Organizational Development & Diversity Consultant
Wendy Huang, Director, Internal Audit
Paul Tapia, Director, Organizational Development
Dahni Tsuboi, Chief Deputy General Counsel
Medical Foundation
Nana Dwamena, Payroll Manager
Cheryl Marine, H.R. and Risk Manager
Beckman Research Institute
Kimlin Ashing-Giwa, Professor and Director, CCARE
Adam Bailis, Associate Dean of Career Development
Mark Dizik, Business Director
Susan Kane, Professor
Yvette Lane, Postdoctoral Studies Program Manager
Medical Center
Cynthia Almaraz, Medical Staff Coordinator
Phyllis Burch, Administrative Director, Radiation Oncology
Daisy Rivera, Clinical Social Worker III
Philanthropy and External Relations
Kristen Pugh, Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs
Luciana Starks, Internal Communications/HR Writer
Medical Group
Joseph Alvarnas, Physician
Lucille Leong, Physician
April Sorrell, Physician
Diversity Resource Groups
A Diversity Resource Group is a voluntary, member-led group of people who work or study at City of Hope and share a common identity, interest, or goal and whose engagement and efforts support City of Hope’s mission, values and/or strategy. Formed to encourage networking, foster diversity and inclusion and support our mission, these groups provide opportunities for community involvement and professional development. Diversity resource groups fulfill a purpose mutually identified by members and by the organization. Diversity resource groups are open to anyone interested in the focus of the group.
  • Asian American Community recently sponsored a Chinese New Year Celebration.
  • Connecting People of African Descent recently co-sponsored a “Steps in the City” event, a 1-mile walk with a diabetes education component.
  • Environmental Stewards recently co-sponsored Earth Week, and are raising awareness about City of Hope’s electronic recycling program.
  • Latinos for Hope recently co-sponsored a Cinco de Mayo festival, which helped the Blood Donor Center and Be The Match register more participants.
  • Pinoys4Hope recently sponsored a blood drive at the Westfield West Covina mall which resulted in 69 registered donors for the City of Hope Blood Donor Center.
  • Young Professionals Network has been hosting a variety of cross-functional lunch and learns to help increase knowledge about various departments and encourage networking.
Diversity Day
On the first Friday in October, City of Hope celebrates National Diversity Day by showcasing the talents and cultures of those who work or study at City of Hope.
Learning Opportunities
City of Hope is committed to intellectual curiosity. We cultivate life-long learning about diversity and inclusion with regular workshops and seminars. These learning opportunities ensure our staff have the skills and knowledge they need to provide culturally competent care and work in our diverse environment.
Lunch and Learns feature the expertise of our community members. Lucille Leong, M.D. spoke about cultural competence and meeting patients where they are. Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H. highlighted the important research being conducted to reduce health disparities. The Be The Match program inspired us to sign up on the registry, recognizing that the best chance of finding a bone marrow match comes from one’s ethnic group.
Learning and Personal Development Week offers City of Hope community members the opportunity develop knowledge and skills on a wide variety of topics. Diversity is a key component during the week, including sessions such as “Religious Perspectives on Death and Dying” and “Everyday Diversity and Inclusion.”
Scott Page, author of The Difference and speaker for a Management Development Forum program, demonstrated how important diversity is in solving the complex problems of our time. His key insight, which aligns with our philosophy of diversity, is that people who have different perspectives, mindsets and problem-solving strategies can solve problems more effectively than groups of “experts.”
In One City of Hope, One Story, our community book club, we read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were taken in the in1950s and used for medical and scientific research throughout the world. Her son, David “Sonny” Lacks and granddaughter , Kim Lacks, visited City of Hope and toured the labs of Linda Malkas, Ph.D. and Bob Hickey, Ph.D.
Observances and Events
City of Hope honors important and relevant cultural and religious events relevant to our people and patients.
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