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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Rutgers Cancer Institute

Commitment & Mission 

It is our responsibility to every participant in the healthcare space to address the longstanding, systemic structures of racism that affect our faculty and staff from thriving in the advancement of science and patient care. We understand that our patients, faculty, and staff come from all over and carry unique cultures and norms that impact how they interpret the world, their experiences, and their relationships. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where people who seek cancer care and the workforce that provide cancer care, both directly and indirectly, feel represented, welcomed, included, and supported.

DEI Team

headshot of Lashawna Edmond
Lashawna Edmond, M.Ed
Program Assistant
headshot of Haejin In
Haejin In, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Diversity Officer,
Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Rachel Born, PhD
Program Director

DEI Steering Committee

Tosin headshotOluwatosin (Tosin) Ajayi, MPA
Associate Director, Development
Dr. Cole headshotPeter Cole, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Dillard headshotSharon Dillard, RN, MS
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Kane headshotMichael Kane, RPh, BCOP
Director, Oncology Pharmacy Services
Washington headshotKimyatta Washington, MHSA
Vice President, Oncology Services
Dr. Stroup headshotAntoinette (Nan) Stroup, PhD
Director, New Jersey State Cancer Registry;
Division Chief of Cancer Epidemiology
Manne headshotSharon Manne, PhD
Chief, Section of Behavioral Science at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Varela headshotLarissa Varela, LSW
Director, Faculty Recruitment and Affairs


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