CHICAGO, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Cancer Society has been awarded 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, VP at the American Cancer Society. “We are thrilled to partner with the Adtalem Global Education Foundation to invest in our brightest young minds from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences – exposing them to careers in STEM and oncology and helping to position them for long-term success.”
The implementation of this grant will serve the ResearchHERS and the Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology, as well as the Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Internship Program. The American Cancer Society sustains women-led cancer research through the ResearchHERS initiative, a dedicated funding stream that directly supports the work of women in cancer research and related STEM fields. SHE in Oncology is a 2-week, intensive program that introduces high school juniors or seniors who identify as female, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM, to a wide range of cancer-related career experiences 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 within the field.
“Adtalem is focused on creating educational pathways for underrepresented students and increasing health equity,” says Steve Beard, president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education. “This grant directly supports ResearchHERS, the Summer Healthcare Experience in Oncology and the Diversity in Cancer Research Internship Program, initiatives that align with our social mission to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in both health education and within the healthcare workforce.”
Through this alignment, funding will support groups that are traditionally excluded in cancer research and care, increase access to desirable internships for underserved students, and ultimately address healthcare disparities. With this generous grant, the American Cancer Society can continue its long-standing goal of addressing and reducing barriers to cancer care for those who need it most.
About Adtalem Global Education Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation is organized to support charitable, educational and research purposes. The Foundation’s sole member is Adtalem Global Education. The Foundation’s activities reflect commitment to the following strategic areas: investing to expand access to education, jobs and careers; supporting the development of the communities where we live and work; and combating inequality and encouraging civic engagement. Visit the Adtalem Global Education Foundation for more information or to apply for funding.
About Adtalem Global Education
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and provider of professional talent to the healthcare industry. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population 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 Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have more than 10,000 employees and a network of more than 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek, and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 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 grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.
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