- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Radiation Oncology fully embraces the values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of its three-part mission of excellence in patient care, basic and translational research, and the education of residents and students. Our advocacy for these values takes many forms across the landscape of our department. At its foundation is the investment of our leadership, faculty, trainees and staff in programs and initiatives that strive to promote cultural humility and facilitate equity. In the following pages, we highlight some of the resources and programs through which we commit to furthering DEI. These pages contain educational resources on topics pertinent to diversity and inclusion, as well as a guide to communities and advocacy groups within Radiation Oncology and Penn Medicine. We invite you to visit the site regularly, as we continue to update resources, add information on ongoing initiatives, and expand educational material. To see past projects, click on the plus sign icon.
An example of the type of event we have held in the past:
We would like to invite you to engage with our local community through a Civic Engagement Project- a joint effort presented by the DEI and Wellness committees. We are partnering with UC Green, a non-profit that originated here at Penn. We are organizing volunteers for their signature activity- tree planting!
The event was on Saturday, April 23rd 2022 from approximately 10am to 2pm. Teams would meet up at the campus at Malcolm X park 5100 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA; Organized into groups of five and assigned a group leader who will guide the process. We highly encourage your participation! It would be great to get our hands dirty with friends and colleagues to help our local community in the process.
Thank you to our wonderful High School Presentation volunteers on 1/6/23!
YOU made this event possible, and the students loved hearing your stories! Thank you!
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology works in alignment with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Penn Medicine in pursuit of innovative and impactful initiatives that strengthen the culture of inclusion and promotion of equity in our community. In Radiation Oncology, these initiatives are led by Vice Chair for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, Theresa Busch PhD, working in partnership with our Rad Onc Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In parallel with this committee, three subcommittees work toward goals in their individual areas of DEI focus in education and resources, messaging and patient engagement, and community outreach. We invite all who are interested to join our DEI committee. Please contact Chief of Staff, Lora Furman (Lora.Furman@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu) or Dr. Theresa Busch (email@example.com) for more information.
Mission of the Radiation Oncology Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI):
Radiation Oncology is committed to ensuring that inclusion, equity and diversity are embedded in the way we function as a department, from recruitment of employees, to the ongoing education and sponsorship of team members, to our interactions with patients and presence in the community. We engage our peers and colleagues in furthering an inclusive culture that values the strength of diversity, and we work to grow involvement in initiatives that support this culture at the level of our department.
Mission of the DEI Education and Resources Subcommittee:
The Radiation Oncology Subcommittee on Resources and Education for diversity, equity and inclusion was established to support and further these values within our department. With the resources that our committee develops, we seek to promote the awareness of unconscious bias and racism, advance cultural awareness, and support inclusion. We look to initiate forums and discussions for ongoing engagement on these topics.
Mission of the DEI Messaging and Patient Engagement Subcommittee:
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee on Messaging and Patient Engagement seeks to build understanding of equity and inclusion within our Radiation Oncology patient community. We act to foster and strengthen patient support and engagement groups in Radiation Oncology, working to identify disparate needs that may affect our community of patients regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or other identities.
Mission of the DEI Community Outreach Subcommittee:
The Radiation Oncology Subcommittee on Community Outreach for diversity, equity and inclusion strives to bring these values into the communities where we work and live. It is our mission to identify, innovate and participate in opportunities to further an inclusive culture that extends beyond the walls of our clinics to the community at large.
Come join us!
Members of Radiation Oncology Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
- Manuj Agarwal
- Gary Kao
- Fern Nibauer-Cohen
- Ashley Cifarelli
- Lora Furman
- Katherine WInner
- Mario Gallardo
- Stephen Avery
- Theresa Busch
- Dave Pannepacker
- Shalonda Clark
- Emily Gores
- Neal Nizman
- Jared Susco
- Ila Farhang
- Cordelia Baffic
- Keith Cengal
- Amanda Snyder
- Tamar Smith
- Sarah Ortiz
- Tara Ryan
- Karishma Khullar
- Elissa Khoudary
- Michael La Riviere
- Georganna Denneny
- Courtney Misher
- Ioannis Verginadis
- Kathryn Wisniewski
- Anne Thompson
- Barbara Garcia
- Edna Volz
- Jaqueline Hall