Diversity, Equity & Inclusion UF Health Cancer center promotes a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, access and justice through our patient care, research, training and engagement with the communities we serve.

The limited diversity in the pool of trainees, researchers and health care workforce contributes to cancer health disparities as diverse researchers often pursue problems beyond the populations that biomedical research currently serves. The distinct challenges of our catchment area, which primarily result from geographic, educational and financial barriers to prevention and care, as well as limited engagement of racially diverse populations in research and clinical trials, require a compassionate and diverse cancer workforce with the scientific skills and cultural sensitivity necessary to promote health equity. Achieving this requires the education, training and recruitment of the next generation of cancer researchers, and addressing institutional barriers to retention and promotion to build a workforce that reflects the increasingly diverse U.S. population that has the scientific capabilities, leadership skills and cultural competency to address racial, geographic, structural and socioeconomic disparities in the catchment area and beyond.
Our plan to enhance diversity focuses on the implementation of innovative programming that 1) increases the diversity of the cancer research workforce, 2) develops well-prepared and diverse future cancer research leaders, and 3) promotes a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity.

Our aims


Enhance the diversity of the cancer research workforce, community and advisory boards through education, training and mentoring.


Recruit, mentor and sponsor diverse and inclusive cohorts of scholars into professional development programs to create future leaders of the Cancer Center and the cancer research community.


Leverage and strengthen institutional infrastructure and resources to ensure the success of groups underrepresented in the cancer research workforce and leadership.


Develop evaluation processes and metrics to ensure continuous improvement in institutional culture.



Institutional Resources

Learn more about the university-wide commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible community.

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Diversity Funding Opportunities

The UF Health Cancer Center and external donors offer a number of funding opportunities to support cancer-related research.


GUIDED BY leaders that care

In the NEws

Celebrating female trailblazers

Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., and Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, M.D., of the Cancer Center were featured as role models for Women in Medicine Month.

Researchers together

UF oncologist joins committee to diversify…

Kate Hitchcock, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed to a National Clinical Trials Network committee tasked with improving diversity and inclusion efforts.


Town hall: Annual check-ups vital to prevent…

Tarcha Rentz, Ph.D., M.Ed. Steering Committee Member, UF Health Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Founder, Wishful Thinking…


Careers and Training

connecting the cancer community


Get Involved

Watch a selection of videos outlining the community outreach and research efforts underway at the UF Health Cancer Center.

Cancer Connections meeting

Cancer Community

Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative (CDRC)

The CDRC consists of a group of four Black churches, an interdisciplinary team of culturally sensitive researchers, and a health disparities research support staff working collaboratively to conduct community-based participatory research that will lead to interventions and large grants that aim to help prevent and/or reduce cancers among the East Gaineville Community in Gainesville, Florida.

Power Over Cancer 2022