Creative outreach helps Roswell Park expand diversity of staff & suppliers

By David Clarence Scott | Director, Roswell Park Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion and is a sponsor of the upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. 

At Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, caring for the community means going above and beyond the fight against cancer. It means seeking out and hiring talented employees of diverse backgrounds and ensuring that diverse community-based businesses have a chance to do business with us. Working with partner organizations, our Office of Diversity and Inclusion finds creative ways to achieve both those goals and to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with our neighbors.

We host classes in resume-writing and interview skills for members of the local community and provide tips for navigating the hiring process at Roswell Park and elsewhere. We continue to search for talent in the community by co-hosting job fairs with such community organizations as the Delavan-Grider Community Center, The Belle Center of Western New York, B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo, Native American Community Services, the Buffalo Employment & Training Center and the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (UBEOC).

Partly as a result of those programs, Roswell Park has seen an increase in minority hiring for the seventh year in a row. In fiscal year 2018, 28% of new hires were African-American or Hispanic, with most entering clinical or professional positions. Approximately 35% of those new employees came to us through outreach programs hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Roswell Park has also expanded contracting opportunities to more minority and women-owned businesses. Of all the money we paid out through eligible business contracts in fiscal year 2018-19, 43% went to certified Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises — significantly above the 30% goal set by New York State. It marked the sixth year in a row that we exceeded the goal.

Those are just a few of the ways we show our deep commitment to the people of Buffalo. And we’re not stopping there — every day we look for new ways to attract and retain diverse talent for the Roswell Park workforce. For more information about any of our programs and outreach efforts, click here.

As Director of the Roswell Park Office of Diversity and Inclusion, David Scott is dedicated to building an increasingly diverse workforce. Under his leadership, Roswell Park has exceeded both internal and external goals for workplace diversity and inclusion.