Diversity & Inclusivity

CSCLA Cancer Equity & Diversity Committee Members 

CSCLA Cancer Equity & Diversity Statement and Commitment 

“Sed” (Spanish pronunciation = Sehd).  English translation is “thirst”. 

Definition:  A desire to possess. Usage:  Students have a thirst for knowledge. 

Our Commitment 

CSCLA’s Cancer Equity & Diversity (CED) Committee was created to fulfill the thirst of community members striving for multidirectional inclusion. We recognize the resiliency that already exists throughout our diverse communities and seek to assist in strengthening those voices so that Cancer resources and support are available to ALL.  

CSCLA invites inclusive conversations across lines of race, gender, religion, gender-identity, access to healthcare, and socioeconomic status to increase cross-difference understanding, inform a more equitable delivery of social and emotional care, and decrease the existing divide present in our diverse Los Angeles landscape.  We strive to not only offer a seat at the table, but a voice in this important dialogue.  

CED aims to promote inclusivity through learning, engaging, empowering, and uniting the vast and various communities of greater Los Angeles. As an organization, CSCLA commits to recognize and honor differences in race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, physical and emotional health, age, religious commitment, political perspective, and individuals and communities that have and continue to be underrepresented and often marginalized. CSCLA maintains that knowledge and understanding of different cultural norms and demographics are critical in establishing community trust and we aim to deliver equitable access to supportive care across lines of immigration status, intergenerational status, and limited English proficiency (LEP). 

CSCLA staff and board of directors commits to our community stakeholders, referring hospitals and medical organizations, board of directors, and staff to… 

  • Embed health equity and racial justice into our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) strategy and proactively address racism at all levels of our interpersonal and institutional culture 
  • Rely on data.  CSCLA will utilize data to appraise our internal approach to program development, staffing, and community partnerships to unveil systems that perpetuate inequities in our diverse Los Angeles territory, including Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC), LatinX, LGBTQIA+, and other disadvantaged and historically marginalized groups.  
  • Take responsibility and engage in inclusive conversations and actions to be informed, self-reflective, and active in promoting justice and change. 
  • Design our programs, educational programming, internal trainings and in-services to include dimensions of diversity, cultural sensitivity, and inclusivity. 
  • Actively manage change.  CSCLA will actively engage in meaningful discussions to address systemic racism through organizational strategy, engagement with community partners, hospitals, and community-based medical organizations, and our 40-year mission as the premiere provider of social and emotional support to our community stakeholders.  
  • Continuously extend our CED efforts and be held accountable for our actions. 

CSCLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.