Advancing Gender Equity at HDFCCC

Gender Equity Committee at UCSF

In 2021, the Gender Equity Committee was established at HDFCCC to promote and foster a supportive environment that advocates for the equitable advancement of women and gender minority leaders in cancer care, education, and research. The Gender Equity Committee is a sub-committee within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Leadership Opportunity: A Workshop for Values-based Leadership Development

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 (application deadline is January 23, 2023)
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM, with a networking cocktail reception to follow
Location: The Firehouse at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

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Background: Nationally, women hold only a small portion of leadership roles in academic oncology and cancer centers. This inequity in senior leadership roles is pervasive in academic radiation oncology, medical oncology, and surgical oncology. To tackle these apparent inequities in career development, HDFCCC will offer a workshop in values-based leadership for female and gender minority faculty.

The curriculum: The curriculum for this workshop, developed by Ethos, underscores the fundamental belief that diversity and inclusion in leadership are increasingly important and crucial for the health, productivity, and success of any organization. The proposed curriculum is based upon the assumptions that: (1) Diverse cultural perspectives can inspire creativity and drive innovation; and (2) Inclusion not only entails embracing employees’ intersectionality, and experience, but also creating space for their authentic selves, and hence their personal values.

Our objective: We aim to empower faculty to become authentic leaders who are self-aware and genuine, mission-driven and focused on results, lead with their hearts and minds, and focus on the long-term. These qualities of leadership foster collegiality, higher levels of trust, greater productivity, and catalyze a more positive working environment. The specific focus of the curriculum will be to empower participants through identification of their true values and how to utilize these values as a compass bearing to charter a course for a purposeful life and career. The long-term goal is to improve our institutional pipeline for diversity in leadership.

Eligibility: We welcome all female and gender minority faculty who are full or associate members of HDFCCC to participate. Faculty must be affiliated with HDFCCC as either an Associate Member or Full Member. Faculty will be selected to represent a diversity of cancer-related specialties. Priority will be assigned to faculty at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels. Given the cross-sectionality of issues related to race and gender in career advancement, attention will also be paid towards recruitment of faculty from groups who are under-represented in medicine.

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To apply: Please provide a brief statement (500 words or less) of how you hope to benefit from leadership training and how this might help you advance towards your professional goals. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2023.

Funding source: The Chancellor’s Fund for Faculty Learning and Development


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