University of Colorado Cancer Center
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


Our Commitment

Mission

The mission of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to foster an environment that champions health equity and offers the highest level of care to all patients, most especially those populations who have been historically excluded from and mistreated by the healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to identify and directly address our current areas of improvement, from hiring practices all the way to clinical trial enrollment. We are committed to making active changes to ensure that the patient population we serve is reflected and represented in our organization at every level.

Focus

By focusing on the makeup of our leadership, faculty, and staff, and directly recruiting individuals dedicated to the advancement of our core ideals and the field of oncology, the University of Colorado Cancer Center is committed to positively influencing healthcare in our community and advocating for health equity and access for all. 

To learn more about what Anschutz Medical Campus' Central Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement is doing, please click here.

Charges of the Cancer Center DEI Committee

  1. Have Cancer Center leadership that represents the catchment (Colorado) and nationally
  2. Have Cancer Center faculty and staff that represent the catchment (Colorado) and nationally
  3. Do everything possible to recruit trainees to the Cancer Center that represent the catchment (Colorado) and nationally
  4. Ensure the clinical trials population and research activities of the Cancer Center reflect the catchment (Colorado) and nationally

UCCC DEI Committee Members


 

Omar Barakat, MS
Omar Barakat, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator,
Gynecologic Oncology
Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO)
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Ian Brooks, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics

Director of Health Data Compass

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD
Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD
Assistant Director for Education Administration,
Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) Office
Anesha Henningham
Anesha Henningham 
PRMS Monitoring Coordinator,
Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) 
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Fernando Kim, PhD

Simon P. Kim, MD, MPH
Simon P. Kim, MD, MPH 
Professor, Surgery 

Associate Program Director 

Site Director 
Division of Urology
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Jill Lee, MPH, CCRP
Regulatory Affairs Supervisor,
Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO)

Deb McCollister
Deb McCollister, RN, BSN
Program Director, Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) 
Jessica McDermott, MD, MSCS
Jessica McDermott, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology 

Deputy AD for Diversity and Inclusion in Clinical Research
Daniel Pacheco, MBA, PMP
Daniel Pacheco, MBA, PMP
Program Manager,
Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
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Jill Penafiel
Education and Program Manager, 
CREU, AGOLD - PRIDE and GEMS Programs
Clay Smith, MD

Clay Smith, MD
Professor, Medicine - Hematology

Director, Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center, UCHealth 

Medical Director, CU Innovations
Ruth and Ralph Seligman Chair in Hematology 

Adam Stevens
Adam Stevens
CU Anschutz - Medical Student
Ellen Valentine 1
Ellen Valentine, M.Div
Cancer Center Operations Project Coordinator, 
Programs and Membership