CHICAGO, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Cancer Society has received a $100,000 grant from a new partner, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation. This inaugural partnership will focus on supporting two programs that will provide educational experiences in cancer research labs to underrepresented students, bringing diverse and unique perspectives to cancer research.
“We cannot address the toughest challenges facing oncology, including the unequal burden of cancer in traditionally excluded populations, without building a more diverse workforce in cancer research and care. “says Dr. Kathleen Goss, vice president of the American Cancer Society. “We are thrilled to partner with the Adtalem Global Education Foundation to invest in our brightest young minds from underrepresented backgrounds in science – exposing them to careers in STEM and oncology and helping them position yourself for long-term success.”
Implementation of this grant will serve researchers and the Summer Care Experience (SHE) in Oncology, as well as the Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) internship program. The American Cancer Society supports women-led cancer research through the ResearchERS initiative, a dedicated funding stream that directly supports the work of women in cancer research and related STEM fields. SHE in Oncology is an intensive 2-week program that introduces female-identifying high school juniors or seniors, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM, to a wide range of related career experiences. to cancer, including research, clinical care, survivorship and community engagement. The DICR Internship Program funds biomedical research internships offered to undergraduate students whose racial or ethnic background is underrepresented in the field.
“Adtalem is focused on creating educational pathways for underrepresented students and improving health equity,” says Steve Beard, President and CEO of Adtalem Global Education. “This grant directly supports ResearchERS, the Oncology Healthcare Summer Experience, and the Diversity in Cancer Research Internship Program, initiatives that align with our social mission of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion both in health education and among the health workforce.
Through this alignment, the funding will support groups that have traditionally been excluded from cancer research and care, increase access to desirable internships for underserved students, and ultimately address disparities in Health care. With this generous grant, the American Cancer Society can continue its longstanding goal of addressing and reducing barriers to cancer care for those who need it most.
About the Adtalem Global Education Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation is organized to support charitable, educational and research purposes. The only member of the Foundation is Adtalem Global Education. The Foundation’s activities reflect commitment to the following strategic areas: investing to expand access to education, jobs and careers; support the development of the communities where we live and work; and combating inequalities and encouraging civic engagement. Visit the Adtalem Foundation for Global Education for more information or to apply for funding.
About Adtalem Global Education
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and professional talent provider for the healthcare industry. With a focus on delivering strong outcomes that increase workforce readiness, Adtalem empowers a diverse population of learners to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities. Adtalem is the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walde University. Adtalem and its institutions have over 10,000 employees and a network of over 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Diversity Employers 2022 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit Adtalem.com for more information.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From groundbreaking research to free accommodation near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society attacks cancer from all angles. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.
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