Consortium names associate director of diversity, equity and inclusion

January 02, 2022

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Christopher Li, MD, PhD, has been named the first associate director of diversity, equality and inclusion for the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium.

He will coordinate and lead efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the consortium’s partner institutions, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s.

Li remains professor in the department of public health sciences and faculty director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Fred Hutch, as well as research professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Christopher Lic

“Achieving greater diversity among our scientists and leadership is absolutely critical to our mission to eradicate cancer, as diversity is a key driver of innovation and collaboration,” Li said in a press release. “By nurturing an environment that includes people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we will expand our capabilities to profoundly challenge existing paradigms and advance research that we hope will improve people’s lives and reduce health inequalities. “

Efforts to promote diversity, equality and inclusion within organizations and in their research efforts are critical, he said. Thomas J. Lynch jr., MD, chairman and director of Fred Hutch.

“Widely recognized for promoting diversity in cancer research, Chris is a thoughtful leader and exceptional partner in the Hutch’s journey to become an anti-racist institution,” Lynch said in the press release. “I couldn’t be more excited for him to step into this role, and I look forward to working with him on the next steps of this mission-critical work.”

Li — an epidemiologist whose work focuses on colorectal and breast cancer causes, screening, early detection and survival — will develop and implement a plan to increase the diversity of interns, educators and leadership within the consortium. He will also establish programs designed to increase diversity in the cancer research workforce.

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